Sport Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia win French Open women’s doubles title
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Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia win French Open women’s doubles title

France's Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic celebrate their French Open doubles title on Sunday. Photo: AP
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French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic recovered from a set down to beat Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula 2-6 6-3 6-2 on Sunday and lift the French Open women’s doubles title for the second time.

For Gauff, it was a second final defeat in less than 24 hours, after the 18-year-old lost in straight sets to top seed Iga Swiatek in Saturday’s singles final.

Garcia and Mladenovic won the title in 2016 and for the latter it was a fourth women’s doubles crown at Roland Garros after also triumphing in 2019 and 2020 with Timea Babos.

She now has six major doubles titles, including the Australian Open in 2018 and 2020.

The Americans, who had lost only one set en route to the final, were broken at the start but quickly recovered to race into a 3-1 lead and carried on to go a set up.

The French duo fought back to go 4-0 up in the second, and secured it with a Mladenovic smash.

Gauff, the youngest doubles finalist in Paris in 21 years, could do nothing to stop their opponents’ run as the French earned two early breaks to storm to a decisive 4-0 lead in the third.

-Reuters