Friday, January 26, 2018

Two finals completed, more to come

Timea Babos and Kiki Mladenovic have won the Australian Open doubles title, their first title as a team. They recently reunited, and it was a great move. Their opponents were formidable--2nd seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. The Russian team was going for a career slam (actually, a golden career slam), but now they'll have to wait until next year to achieve it. Babos and Mladenovic defeated Makarova and Vesnina 6-4, 6-3.

Also winning a doubles trophy were top seeds Marjolein Buis and Yui Kamiji, who defeated 2nd seeds Diede De Groot and Aniek Van Koot in the women's wheelchair doubles final.

Still to come are the women's wheelchair singles final (to be contested between Kamiji and De Groot), and the junior singles and doubles finals.

And one more: The women's singles final will feature world number 1 Simona Halep and world number 2 Caroline Wozniacki. Here are their paths to the final:

round 1--def. Destanee Aiava (wc)
round 2--def. Genie Bouchard
round 3--def. Lauren Davis
round of 16--def. Naomi Osaka
quarterfinals--def. Karolina Pliskova (6)

round 1--def. Mihaela Burzarnescu
round 2--def. Joan Fett
round 3-def. Kiki Bertens (30)
round of 16--def. Magdalena Rybarikova (19)
quarterfinals--def. Carla Suarez Navarro
semifinals--def. Elise Mertens

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