Taking their first three matches in straight sets, the American-Brazilian pair rode that momentum into the final as they upended the third seeds, Dalila Jakupovic and Sabrina Santamaria, for the first title for each of them.
At the China Open in Beijing this week, both the men and women are competing at the ATP 500/WTA Premier Mandatory event. On the women’s side, three major upsets have happened already: Australian Open champions Shuai Zhang and Samantha Stosur have fallen to the Pliskova sisters, Karolina and Kristyna, while US Open winners Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka have been eliminated by Americans Sofia Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Barbora Strycova and Su-Wei Hsieh, this year’s Wimbledon winners, lost to Jelena Ostapenko and Dayana Yastremska. French Open victors Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic are still in the mix.
On the men’s side, another Grand Slam-winning team is out: Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies, the French Open winners, fell to John Isner and Alexander Zverev. The team of the year, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, have joined them on the sidelines with a straight-set loss to Jamie Murray and Neil Skupski.
At the other ATP 500 event this week, the Japan Open, world singles No. 1 Novak Dkokovic dipped his foot into the waters, but he and his partner Filip Krajinovic lost to fourth seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares. US Open finalists Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, the top seeds, dropped their opener to Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor, this year’s Monte Carlo Masters champions.
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