Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

‘Mexico will not finance US wall,’ foreign minister says

Read more

ACROSS AFRICA

African nations need to prepare for potential return of thousands of jihadists

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR Congo former child soldiers awarded $10 mn in damages in landmark ruling

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Website roots out "Rotten Apples"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Putin's press conference, Alabama election, One Planet Summit, Brexit Phase II, Disney & Fox

Read more

#TECH 24

WorldRemit: Helping migrant workers send money back home

Read more

FOCUS

The challenges awaiting the new leader of South Africa's ANC

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Bangladeshi PM calls violence in Myanmar 'unacceptable'

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Was 2017 the worst year for the environment?

Read more

Sports france 24

French pair Garcia and Mladenovic win women's doubles at French Open

© Thomas Samson, AFP | France's Caroline Garcia (right) and Kristina Mladenovic hold the trophy after winning the women's doubles title at Roland Garros.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-06-05

French duo Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won their first Grand Slam women's doubles title on Sunday, giving the home crowd a victory to cheer ahead of the men's final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

The fifth-seeded pair beat Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the No. 7 seeds from Russia, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, who won the French Open in 2013.

Garcia and Mladenovic only teamed up this year with a target of playing at the Olympics but have now won four titles after Charleston, Stuttgart and Madrid.

The last French victors in women's doubles in the clay-court major at Roland Garros were Gail Chanfreau and Françoise Durr, who won in 1970 and then defended their title the following year.

Other French women have won with non-French partners since then. Mary Pierce lifted the trophy with Swiss player Martina Hingis in 2000 and Gail Lovera teamed with Fiorella Bonicelli from Uruguay to win in 1976.

France hasn't had much to cheer about of late in other competitions at Roland Garros, either. Nathalie Duchy was the last French winner in mixed doubles, paired with Andy Ram from Israel in 2007. The last full-French victorious mixed doubles pairing was Tatiana Golovin and Richard Gasquet in 2004.

Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin did win the men's doubles in 2014, but they were the first French champions since Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte in 1984.

Noah was the last French man to win the single's title, in 1983. Pierce was France's last women's singles champion, in 2000.

Mladenovic also won the junior title in girls' singles in 2009.

That feat was matched on Sunday by Frenchman Geoffrey Blancaneaux, who won the junior title in the boys' singles after saving three match points.

Blancaneaux defeated 11th-seeded Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada 1-6, 6-3, 8-6.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

Date created : 2016-06-05

  • TENNIS

    Spain's Muguruza stuns Williams to win French Open title

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Murray to face Djokovic and Williams to take on Muguruza in French Open final

    Read more

  • ROLAND GARROS

    Play cancelled at French Open due to heavy rain

    Read more

COMMENT(S)