France wins maiden women's doubles major title in 45 years at French Open

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Paris, June 5: Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic came out the first French pair to win a Grand Slam women's doubles tennis title in 45 years after beating Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina of Russia at the French Open here on Sunday.

The local duo, major final debutants, rallied to a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory over the 2013 French Open champions, who were playing their 15th final and fifth Major final, looking for their third Grand Slam title, reports Xinhua.

France wins maiden women's doubles major title in 45 years at French Open

Last time when a French pair took a Grand Slam title was in 1971 when Gail Sheriff Chanfreau Lovera and Francoise Durr won at Roland Garros.

It has been the maiden championship of Garcia and Mladenovic in a major event.

The French pair got off to a flying start with a 4-0 lead. Their Russian rivals did break back but had not enough space to launch a comeback before Garcia and Mladenovic wrapped it up 6-3.

France wins maiden women's doubles major title in 45 years at French Open

After the seventh seeds Russians fought back to level the match with a 6-2 second set, the fifth seeds broke their opponents' ninth game for a 5-4 lead and held their own serve to clinch the title.

IANS

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