Barty and Vandeweghe win US Open women's doubles title
10 September 2018
TENNIS: Australia’s Ash Barty landed her maiden Grand Slam title as she teamed up with American CoCo Vandeweghe to win a thrilling US Open women’s doubles final in New York.
Barty and Vandeweghe saved three match points to edge out second-seeded Australian Open champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(6) in the first-ever women’s doubles Grand Slam final decided in a third-set tiebreak.
“Obviously we’ve only played a handful of tournaments together this year, but we’ve had pretty good success right from the get-go,” Barty said.
“The last fortnight has been really fun on and off the court. We’ve been relaxed. We were very hungry to go as deep as we could. It was really nice to be able to play a pretty clean tournament.”
Barty also won the US Open Sportsmanship Award, recognising excellence in sportsmanship during the American lead-up events and the final Grand Slam of the season.
“It’s very humbling,” she said.
Barty had lost all four major doubles finals with retired compatriot Casey Dellacqua, falling short at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2013 and at last year’s French Open, but there was no denying the 22-year-old on Sunday.
Barty and Vandeweghe prevailed after fighting off two match points in the second set and another in the deciding breaker.
“There were so many ebbs and flows throughout the match,” Vandeweghe said.
“I told Ash, ‘Listen, there’s no one I’d rather be out here with, than you right now. I believe in you. We’re going to get this done. We’ve been talking about this moment'.”
Barty’s triumph completes a memorable US Open for the Queenslander.
She also reached the fourth round of the singles, marking the first time the former Wimbledon junior champion had made the second week of a Slam.
Barty is the seventh Australian to win the US Open women’s doubles title, joining four-times champion Margaret Court (1968, 1979, 1973, 1975), Judy Tegart-Dalton (1970-71), Wendy Turnbull (1979, 1982), Hana Mandlikova (1989), Rennae Stubbs (2001) and Samantha Stosur (2005).
Fellow Aussie Dylan Alcott won his sixth Grand Slam title and second US Open wheelchair quad singles title. Currently ranked world No.2, he beat world No.1 David Wagner 7-5 6-2.
John Millman and Sam Stosur also put on some impressive performances, with Millman making history by beating Roger Federer in the men's singles before going down to Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 in the quaterfinals, while Stosur along with her team mate Shuai Zhang bowed out in the semifinals to Babos and Mladenovic 4-6 6-7(4).