PARIS, France - Top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova clinched their third straight Grand Slam title at Roland Garros after a dominating performance over Aussie duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.
The Aussies were bidding for their first Grand Slam title; in 2013 they reached three Grand Slam finals – at all but the French Open – and this year they got back to their winning ways with titles in Kuala Lumpur and Strasbourg.
But they’ll have to wait to claim their first Grand Slam title together, after falling to the powerhouse top seeds, 6-2, 6-1.
“We played really well today,” Mattek-Sands said in their post-match press conference. “We played a good team. We watched them play their semifinal match. They beat another good team in three sets, so we were kind of ready with what they were going to bring out on the court.
“We have been there obviously before. Casey has been there before. We played her in 2015.
“But going out, when you walk out on Philippe Chatrier, it's an amazing feeling. It's a great stadium. We were ready. We were ready to go.”
Mattek-Sands and Safarova also have two titles this year – the Australian Open and Charleston – and as they also claimed the 2016 US Open, this victory puts the pair one Slam away from holding all four in a row.
The top seeds took advantage of the slower Dellacqua serve, getting ahead an early break to love after some smart net play from Mattek-Sands. They later broke the older Aussie once again to widen their lead to 5-2 and calmly serve out the set.
Dellacqua’s service woes continued in the second set and she was broken twice more – once to give Mattek-Sands and Safarova a 2-1 lead and once again to hand them the match.
The victory also strengthens the pair’s bid for a return to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global; they overtake Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan for the top spot on the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard.