WTA doubles final: Krejcikova and Siniakova win the first doubles title of the BNP Paribas Open

One of the world’s most decorated doubles tandems has added a brilliant Baccarat crystal to its trophy case.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won the women’s doubles title on Saturday in Indian Wells, edging first-time tandem Beatriz Haddad Maia and Laura Siegemund for the title, 6-1, 6-7(3), 10-7.

After the win, Krejcikova thanked her teammate Siniakova for her contribution to another title run.

“Thank you for playing with me for such a long and very successful time. I’m really happy to play with you – it’s still very stressful for me but I like it,” Krejcikova said with a laugh.

She also thanked Haddad Maia and Seigemund and congratulated them on doing so well on their debut as a team.

“For the first time to play together and to go this far, I think it’s a really incredible achievement,” she said. “I hope you will play a little more together and that we will have great finals and great matches.”

Krejcikova and Siniakova win their 15th tag team title in their 69th professional duo tournament. They are the first Czechs to win the women’s doubles title since 2018, when Barbora Strycova teamed up with Tapei’s Hsieh Su-Wei to claim the title.

They had to work hard to get it. After going through the first set 6-1, the Brazilian-German tandem came to life and put constant pressure on the Czechs in the second set.

It paid off in the form of many close games and what could have been a decisive break for 4-3, but the advantage was quickly regained by Krejcikova and Siniakova.

The teams marched to a second-set tiebreaker, which was dominated by Haddad Maia and Siegemund, 7-3.

In the championship tie-break, Krejcikova and Siniakova showed their composure and led 7-4, 9-6 before converting their third match point, and second in the tie-break, to close out the win in an hour and a half. 57 minutes.

Krejcikova and Siniakova remain undefeated in 2023 at 11-0. They won their seventh major title at the Australian Open in their only appearance this season.

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