No.2 seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic picked up a straight-set win on Saturday to book their spot in the third round of the Roland Garros women's doubles draw.
WTA Staff
June 1, 2019

PARIS, France -- No.2 seeds Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France led four of the highest-seeded teams into the round of 16 of the Roland Garros women's doubles draw on Saturday.

Babos and Mladenovic ousted France's Alizé Cornet and Croatia's Petra Martic, 7-5, 6-1, after an hour and 14 minutes of play to book their spot in the third round in Paris. Babos and Mladenovic move one win closer to claiming their second Grand Slam doubles championship as a team, following their triumph at the 2018 Australian Open.

Mladenovic is seeking her second French Open women's doubles title -- the Frenchwoman won the event in 2016 partnering her compatriot Caroline Garcia. She and Babos are the highest-seeded team remaining following the shock first-round exit of defending champions and No.1-seeded Czechs Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.

Also on Saturday, No.5 seeds Samantha Stosur of Australia and Zhang Shuai of China continued their quest for the Calendar Slam, as they moved into the round of 16 by beating Americans Danielle Collins and Sabrina Santamaria, 6-4, 6-4. Stosur and Zhang converted four of their eight break points during the 84-minute encounter.

Stosur and Zhang won the Australian Open in January, defeating Babos and Mladenovic in the championship match. Stosur is also a former Roland Garros women's doubles champion, having won the title way back in 2006 alongside Lisa Raymond.



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6th seeds Elise Mertens of Belgium and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus also claimed a third-round slot, as they ousted Georgia's Oksana Kalashnikova and Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, 6-4, 6-3. Mertens and Sabalenka stunned the field by winning the Indian Wells and Miami titles back-to-back for the "Sunshine Double" -- in fact, those were the first two WTA doubles titles of Sabalenka's career.

No.4 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Xu Yifan of China also sealed a spot in the final 16, after dispatching the all-Chinese tandem of Han Xinyun and Wang Yafan, 6-1, 6-1. Dabrowski and Xu saved the single break point they faced in the match, as they swept to victory over Han and Wang in just 48 minutes.

Dabrowski and Xu, who won the title in Nurnberg last week and were finalists in Madrid last month, will meet the wild card team of Fiona Ferro and Diane Parry in the third round.

The all-French pairing of Ferro and Parry thrilled the Parisian crowds with their Saturday upset of No.13 seeds Alicja Rosolska of Poland and Yang Zhaoxuan of China, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. After leading 4-1 in the third set, the Frenchwomen let their opponents pull back on serve at 5-4, but the wild card duo broke serve once more in the final game to close out the match.