French Open 2016: France wins first women's doubles title in 45 years

Jun 05, 2016, 18:30 IST | IANS

Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic came out the first French pair to win a Grand Slam women's doubles tennis title in 45 years after beating Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina of Russia at the French Open on Sunday.

French Open 2016: Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic win women's doubles
France's Caroline Garcia (R) and France's Kristina Mladenovic hold the trophy after winning the women's double final match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Russia's Elena Vesnina at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on June 5, 2016. Pic/AFP

The local duo, major final debutants, rallied to a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over the 2013 French Open champions, who were playing their 15th final and fifth Major final, looking for their third Grand Slam title, reports Xinhua.

Last time when a French pair took a Grand Slam title was in 1971 when Gail Sheriff Chanfreau Lovera and Francoise Durr won at Roland Garros.

It has been the maiden championship of Garcia and Mladenovic in a major event.

The French pair got off to a flying start with a 4-0 lead. Their Russian rivals did break back but had not enough space to launch a comeback before Garcia and Mladenovic wrapped it up 6-3.

After the seventh seeds Russians fought back to level the match with a 6-2 second set, the fifth seeds broke their opponents' ninth game for a 5-4 lead and held their own serve to clinch the title.

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