Elise Mertens wins Australian Open doubles for second time
Belgium’s Elise Mertens and Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei won the doubles at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday. Mertens and Hsieh beat Ukrainian Lyudmyla Kichenok and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in two sets, winning 6-1, 7-5.
The win is the fourth Grand Slam doubles title for Mertens. She previously won the Australian Open in 2021 and the US Open in 2019 with Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, and Wimbledon in 2021 with Hsieh. She was runner-up at Wimbledon in both 2022, with China’s Zhang Shuai, and 2023, with Australian Storm Hunter.
Mertens, 28, overtakes Hunter as the new world No 1 in doubles. In the singles tournament, she is ranked 28th and was knocked out in the second round last week, losing to Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk. Her best singles performance at the Australian Open was reaching the semi-final in 2018 on her debut.
Elise Mertens and Hsieh Su-wei with their trophy © LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP