Siniakova and Krejcikova storm back to win U.S. Open doubles title

Siniakova and Krejcikova storm back to win U.S. Open doubles title

Tennis – U.S. Open – Flushing Meadows, New York, United States – September 11, 2022 Czech Republic’s Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova celebrate with the trophy after winning the women’s doubles final against Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend of the U.S. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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NEW YORK, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Dominant Czech duo Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova rallied to beat Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-5 6-1 on Sunday and collect their third Grand Slam doubles title of the year and sixth overall. The Americans led by a set, and 4-1, before the Tokyo Olympic gold medallists stormed back for their maiden triumph in New York.

“We calmed down and said okay, it’s not going to be this time,” Siniakova said of their conversation when they were trailing in the second set.

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“I think it helped us and we showed better tennis after that. We just wanted to keep fighting and win every point. It was amazing and very satisfying. “

In addition to the trophy, the pair, who began playing together as juniors, collected a cheque for $688,000.

“I really appreciate that we are still playing together and it is going so well,” Siniakova said.

The pair are undefeated in the Grand Slam doubles tournaments they competed in this year. They missed the French Open when Krejcikova caught COVID-19.

“I don’t know how this is happening,” Krejcikova said.

“I found the whole season really difficult and especially this match. It was very difficult for us, and I think the level of both sides was high… it’s amazing we won another Slam. “

McNally and Townsend, playing in a major together for the first time, were disappointed they were unable to close out the match but said it will serve as motivation going forward.

“This one hurts,” said Townsend.

“But this isn’t the last time I’m going to be out here. I am confident in that. I know that I have worked hard and earned my place in this world. I believe everyone can see that.

“I’m going to continue to put my head down and grind and this is going to motivate me to go even harder, so watch out for 2023. “

McNally, who was also a doubles finalist at Flushing Meadows last year, praised her partner.

“Taylor, I have so much respect for you for the day-in and day-out grind that I’ve been seeing you put in,” she said to Townsend.

“You’re a great person. We are grateful for this experience and we hope to do it again. “

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Reporting by Rory Carroll in New York
Editing by Toby Davis

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Rory Carroll

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Los Angeles-based sports reporter who interviews the most impactful athletes and executives in the world. Reports on breaking news, from the highs and lows of abuse scandals to the highs of championship wins. My work focuses on the intersection of technology, race, gender, culture, finance and sport.

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