Garcia and Mladenovic have a shot at becoming co-No.1s in doubles at the end of this fortnight, and they definitely played like it as they comfortably broke twice to climb ahead to a 4-1 lead. Bencic's backhand caught the net time and time again, giving the French duo plenty of free points.
Bencic and Konjuh finally got on the board with a strong Bencic service game, but it didn't make a dent in the French team's momentum and they served out the opening set with ease. Another pair of back-to-back breaks of serve gave Garcia and Mladenovic their first victory of 2017 after just 47 minutes.
Currently the World No.1 doubles player, Mattek-Sands is likely breathing a sigh of relief, as her and Safarova's road to the final has cleared up considerably following the withdrawal of potential third-round opponents Venus Williams and Serena Williams.
"I was hoping to have the capacity to play both events here, but at this point I just need to be careful and just try to maintain myself," said Venus, citing an elbow injury.