Number One Again: Elise Mertens Reclaims WTA Doubles World No.1 with Australian Open Triumph

Melbourne, Australia: In an exhilarating conclusion to the women’s doubles at the Australian Open 2024, the team of Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens emerged triumphant, securing a straight-set victory of 6–1, 7–5 against Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jeļena Ostapenko.

Australian Open: Elise Mertens Su Wei Hsieh 2024
Elise Mertens Su Wei and Hsieh 2024 Australian Open. Getty Images

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Champions: Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens

Hsieh Su-wei, the 38 years old athlete from Chinese Taipei, and her partner Elise Mertens showcased an outstanding performance throughout the tournament. This win marked their second major title together, following their Wimbledon victory in 2021. With this achievement, Hsieh became the second-oldest woman to clinch a Grand Slam women’s doubles title, while Mertens reclaimed the WTA Doubles World No.1 ranking.

Runners-up: Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jeļena Ostapenko

Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jeļena Ostapenko, the 11th-seeded pair, displayed tenacity in the final showdown. Despite falling short, their commendable performance throughout the tournament was notable.

Journey to the Final

Hsieh and Mertens navigated an impressive path to the final, overcoming formidable opponents, including Storm Hunter and Kateřina Siniaková in the semifinals. Conversely, Kichenok and Ostapenko secured their final spot by defeating Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the quarterfinals.

Final Showdown

The championship match proved to be closely contested. Hsieh and Mertens asserted their dominance early, claiming the first set 6-1. They sustained their momentum in the second set, securing a 7-5 victory. Despite a valiant effort from Kichenok and Ostapenko, the unwavering resolve of Hsieh and Mertens propelled them to a well-deserved triumph.

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