Germany’s Laura Siegemund and Russian Vera Zvonareva won the US Open women’s doubles crown on Friday. They won with a 6-4 6-4 win over third seeds US’ Nicole Melichar and China’s Yifan Xu. The unseeded German-Russian duo had never competed together before the U.S. Open.
They broke their opponents three times and won 79% of their first-serve points during the 80-minute clash on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
The victory secured a first Grand Slam doubles championship for Siegemund and a third for Zvonareva. The Russian had earlier won the 2006 New York title with Nathalie Dechy and 2012 Australian Open crown with Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Siegemund and Zvonareva have stated that their focus now will be the French Open.
“It’s not a random choice that we play with each other because we both feel like we can complement each other’s game,” said Siegemund. “But the communication has to be really spot on, the way you prepare for a match, how you do tactics, all that, it just fits really well.”