US Open: Mertens & Sabalenka Win Women’s Doubles Crown

Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won their first career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 win over Ash Barty and Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open doubles final on Sunday.

The match ended in dramatic fashion when both Mertens and Sabalenka were drawn into the net and Barty sent a lob over both their heads.

Sabalenka raced back to track it down and managed to put it back in play but Azarenka misfired with her overhead smash.

Mertens fell to the court and Sabalenka looked to the sky in disbelief before they embraced.

The win caps a dominant run by the pair, who completed the Sunshine Double with wins in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this year before making their first appearance in a major final together.

Mertens said they fed off the energy of the lively New York crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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