Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova made history at the 2022 US Open on Sunday by making a stunning comeback in the women’s doubles final at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The No. 3-seeded Czechs finished the career grand slam in women’s doubles, fighting their way back 6-3, 4-1 to defeat unseeded Americans Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 7-5, 6 : 1 to defeat and win her place first US Open title.
Krejcikova and Siniakova have now won six Grand Slam doubles titles as a duo, with their first US Open title completing their historic set, along with two Roland Garros titles (2018 and 2021), two Wimbledon titles (2018 and 2022 ) and an Australian Open title (2022).
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The Czechs join a string of outstanding teams who have joined forces to win all four Majors including Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver, Serena and Venus Williams, Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva and most recently Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Krejcikova and Siniakova also won the Olympic gold medal together last year, so they both won the Career Golden Slam in women’s doubles. Only four other women have done that for women’s doubles in the Open Era: Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernandez, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
Krejcikova and Siniakova end the 2022 Grand Slam season with an 18-0 unbeaten record after also winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon that year. Due to Krejcikova’s illness, they were unable to defend their title at Roland Garros.
In all, Siniakova has won up to 18 WTA doubles titles in her career while Krejcikova has won 13. Siniakova will return to WTA doubles world No. 1 on Monday, while Krejcikova, who was also doubles No. 1, will be promoted back to world No.2.
Krejcikova and Siniakova came to the event having never reached a US Open final. That changed in those two weeks when the Czechs got involved a semi-final win over up-and-coming Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez, who had reached the finals or better in their last three events.
Krejcikova and Siniakova then held on to a comeback win over McNally and Townsend, storming back from a set down and a break and ending the win at 2 hours and 10 minutes. Overall, the Czechs have won 12 of the last 14 games.
The Americans were targeting their first pro-level Grand Slam title on home soil in only their second event as a pairing. Both McNally and Townsend won multiple Grand Slam doubles titles during their distinguished junior careers.
McNally, who also reached the US Open final alongside Coco Gauff last year, and Townsend, who was in her first Grand Slam final at pro level, came through the opener with aggressive play. They continued to push on the forecourt and extended the 4-1 lead in the second set.
But the tide turned as the Czechs converted their fourth break point at 4-2 to return serve, then broke 6-5 behind the return of standout Krejcikova. A Siniakova backhand winner in the middle rounded out Sterling’s comeback in the second set.
The Czechs swept through the third set, converting all three of their break points while facing none in the third set.
There’s more to come…