Czech women’s pair wins Aus Open for 7th major crown

Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova extended their Grand Slam tournament winning streak to 24 matches with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara in the Australian Open women’s doubles final on Sunday.

It was the seventh Grand Slam doubles title by the Czech pair, who broke their Japanese opponents’ serve in each of the first games of the sets.

The Czech players won last year’s Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles.

“A big thanks to my partner Barbora,” said Siniakova.

“I’m so happy we did it again, it was a nice journey.”

Aoyama and Shibahara were appearing in their 10th final together and first at a Grand Slam tournament.

“It was just so close . . . I feel like it was just right there,” Shibahara said. “Obviously our opponents were just too good and solid.

“I feel like the experience was just the difference. I know that I think the next time we’ll have a better shot at it. Overall, I’m just really proud of how we’ve been playing together, so really excited for what’s to come.”

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