Mertens, Sabalenka clinch doubles title

Melbourne: Elise Mertens (L) and Aryna Sabalenka beat Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-3 to win the Australian Open women’s doubles title today for their second Grand Slam trophy together. Seeded second at Melbourne Park, the pair won their maiden Major at the 2019 US Open and the victory at the Rod Laver Arena was their fifth title overall. However, they will not be teaming up at Grand Slam events for the rest of 2021 as Sabalenka wants to focus on singles. “I’m just trying to put my whole focus on singles,” Sabalenka told reporters, adding that the pair will be playing WTA events in Dubai and Miami next. “I know that doubles, it’s not that hard, you’re not moving that much than on singles. It still takes a lot of energy. I just want to save it for singles,” she added. Reuters

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