In the final of last week's Qatar Total Open, Abigail Spears and Raquel Kops-Jones upset Hsieh Su-Wei and Sania Mirza to win their 11th title together and further consolidate their burgeoning reputation as one of the teams to beat on tour.
Silverware, though, was not the only thing they travelled back across the Atlantic with: Kops-Jones and Spears are now in possession of membership to tennis' Top 10 club.
The American duo has come close to gaining entry into this most exclusive of clubs on a number of occasions and the 470 points that accompanied their Doha triumph finally enabled them to fulfill a long-time ambition by leapfrogging Garbiñe Muguruza into joint 10th spot on the WTA rankings. "We are super happy about reaching the Top 10 in the rankings," Kops-Jones said. "It has definitely been a goal for a long time."
The past few years have seen Kops-Jones and Spears establish themselves among the most successful teams on tour, winning countless trophies. Far from resting on their laurels, the ever-growing list of achievements has made them hungry to tick off the few remaining goals on their tennis bucket lists.
"Even though we are excited about making the Top 10, it is still the beginning of the year and we want to end every year in the Top 10," Kops-Jones added. "Also, next year, we want to still be in the Top 10 in July to help ensure that we qualify for the Olympics.
"In addition to winning a Grand Slam we also want to play the Olympics and win a medal. So we have some lofty goals but if we keep our heads down and keep working hard I think we can accomplish them."
Also driving them on is the prospect of a return to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. After narrowly missing out in 2012 and 2013, Kops-Jones and Spears finally qualified for the season-ending showpiece last year, and although their challenge was ended in heartbreaking fashion at the first hurdle, it has given them a taste for life at tennis' top table.
"We always just want to improve, but for results, obviously we want to win a Grand Slam," Kops-Jones said. "Singapore's definitely on our minds too. We got there last year, and we definitely want to get there this year, and win it. And if we think week to week instead of long term, it'll help us."