July 14, 2018 / 9:10 PM / 3 months ago

Czech duo Krejcikova and Siniakova win doubles title

LONDON (Reuters) - Czech duo Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won the Wimbledon women’s doubles final on Saturday — five years after they won the junior title together — and dedicated the victory to their late compatriot Jana Novotna.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 14, 2018 Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova celebrate with the trophies after winning the women's doubles final against Nicole Melichar of the U.S. and Czech Republic's Kveta Peschke REUTERS/Toby Melville

They beat American Nicole Melichar and Czech Kveta Peschke 4-6 6-4 6-0 to add the Wimbledon title to the French Open crown they won last month.

Krejcikova said the triumph was a fitting way to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Wimbledon singles title won by Novotna who died last year.

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“She really deserves for us to think about her in really good spirit, in really good way,” she said.

“I think it’s really good that it was mentioned that she won title here 20 years ago. It was her biggest title. She really wanted to win it, as I know from the stories she told me.

“Right here, like 20 years after her winning Grand Slam. Only doubles, but still it’s perfect. I think she would be really proud too.”

The only blemish on an otherwise great afternoon was that they did not get to play the title match on Centre Court because of delays caused by the over-running men’s singles semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

The last pair to win the Wimbledon women’s doubles title on the back of the French were Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama 15 years ago.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond

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