Australian Open 2018: Babos, Mladenovic win women’s doubles title

The Hungarian-French pairing battled past second seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

It was Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic’s first Slam title after going close at Wimbledon in 2014, where they made the final but lost.   -  AP

Fifth seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic took out the Australian Open women’s doubles title on Friday to be crowned Grand Slam champions for the first time.

The Hungarian-French pairing battled past second seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. “It’s an incredible feeling, I was in tears,” said an emotional Babos. “It’s amazing to play with you,” she added of Mladenovic.

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It was their first Slam title after going close at Wimbledon in 2014, where they made the final but lost. Overall, they own three other doubles titles as a team, all won in 2015 — at Dubai, Marrakech and Rome.