PARIS, France - They had played together a lot before, and it certainly showed in their first event of the year together - Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke won their third WTA doubles title as a team at the Open GDF SUEZ, rallying to beat Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the final.
The week didn't start so simply - they faced double match point down 9-7 in the match tie-break against Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek - but the No.3-seeded Groenefeld and Peschke stuck that one out and then made it all the way to the final, where they again had to come back from behind, rallying from a set and 3-1 down to make it past No.4 seeds Babos and Mladenovic, 67(7) 64 105.
"Kveta's playing with Katarina this year and I have different partners, but we played together last year and know each other very well," Groenefeld said. "It was a tough week and a tough final, but we stayed calm and to finish the week with a victory is really nice. We're really happy with this victory."
Groenefeld and Peschke now have three WTA doubles titles together, having won Linz in 2012 and Brussels in 2013. This is their second Premier title together - Brussels was also a Premier event.
"Anna didn't have a partner this week and I didn't either, so it just happened," Peschke said. "It's hard to compare victories - every title is special - but of course we're very excited to win the title here."
Peschke has a penchant for winning in Paris - this is the third time she has won here, having also done it in 2005 (with Iveta Melzer) and 2006 (with Emilie Loit). She's actually just the third player in the tournament's 22-year history to capture the doubles title three times, alongside Jana Novotna (who won it in 1993, 1996 and 1997) and Liezel Huber (who won it in 2007, 2009 and 2012).
"You could say I like this tournament!" Peschke said. "It's always fun to play here and I always seem to play well here. Anna also has great memories playing here. I always look forward to coming back."