2018 U.S. OPEN TENNIS • RICKY’S WRAP • JUNIORS, WHEELCHAIR CHAMPS • EPIC LADIES DUBS FINAL

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2018 U.S. OPEN TENNIS • RICKY'S WRAP • JUNIORS, WHEELCHAIR CHAMPS • EPIC LADIES DUBS FINAL

epa07008923 CoCo Vandeweghe of the US (L) and Ashleigh Barty of Australia (R) celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France during the women's doubles final on the fourteenth day of the US Open Tennis Championships the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 09 September 2018. The US Open runs from 27 August through 09 September. EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO  |
CoCo Vandeweghe of the US (L) and Ashleigh Barty of Australia (R) celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France during the women’s doubles final on the fourteenth day of the US Open Tennis Championships the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 09 September 2018. The US Open runs from 27 August through 09 September.  EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

 

 

By Ricky Dimon

 

Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Martin Del Potro did not go the distance. The women’s doubles final, however, most certainly did.

 

In Sunday’s most dramatic match, Coco Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty saved three championship points to outlast Timea Babos and Kiki Mladenovic 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(6). Vandeweghe and Barty fought off two match points from 15-40 down at 4-5 in the second set and they survived another at 5-6 in the third-set tiebreaker on a Barty forehand winner.

 

“The one I remember clearly is the match point that Ash saved on her serve,” Vandeweghe reflected. “I thought she hit a backhand. I was, like, That’s the biggest lace of a backhand I’ve ever seen. She’s like, No, that was a forehand. I was like, ‘Thank God. We’re all good here.’ It was unbelievable nerves from Ash. She basically has ice in the veins right now. That was so clutch.”

 

“This last fortnight has been really fun on and off the court,” Barty assured. “We’ve been relaxed. We’re very hungry to go as deep as we could. It was really nice to be able to play a pretty clean tournament.”

 

“I think first of all was an amazing doubles final,” Mladenovic concluded. “We have no regrets because we gave it all. Even with the amazingly tough situation from not finishing and closing it out in the second set, we got [down a break in the third] and we still came back and we were again the first one to have match point in the third.”

 

Juniors and wheelchair competitions also came to an end on championship Sunday.

 

In the juniors tournaments, Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild triumphed on the boys side. He beat Italy’s Lorenzi Musetti 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Chinese player Xiyu Wang lifted the girls trophy following a 7-6(4), 6-2 defeat of France’s Clara Burel.

 

There was an upset in the men’s wheelchair singles final, as Alfie Hewett got the best of living legend Shingo Kuneida 6-3, 7-5. It was a battle between the No. 1 (Kuneida) and No. 2 (Hewett) seeds. Kunedia has won an unbelievable 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

 

Ricky contributes to 10sballs.com and also maintains his own tennis website, The Grandstand. You can follow him on twitter at @TennGrand.

 

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