Australian Open: Unseeded Sam Stosur, Zhang Shuai lift women’s doubles title

first_imgUnseeded pair Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai defeated second seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4 to claim the women’s doubles title at the Australian Open on Friday.Australian Stosur, who has a history of suffering attacks of nerves in front of home fans, struggled to serve out the match at Rod Laver Arena and double-faulted on match point.But she and China’s Zhang held on and claimed the win when Hungary’s Babos struck long in a baseline duel with Stosur.Stosur claimed her third Grand Slam doubles title after winning the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open, while Zhang celebrated her first.”We have a great friendship and I think that really shows when we play.”@bambamsam30 credits partner @zhangshuai121 for their #AusOpen title. pic.twitter.com/Wl57GNIGJI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, [email protected] considered retirement in 2015. @bambamsam30 urged her to keep playing.Four years later, they are Grand Slam champions together #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/IP1vtMCgdo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019Also Read | Outdoor matches suspended at Australian Open due to heat wave and blackoutsAlso Read | Naomi Osaka sets up final vs Petra Kvitova after beating Karolina PliskovaAlso Read | Rafael Nadal outclasses Stefanos Tsitsipas to storm into finallast_img read more