Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka are Premier Mandatory champions as the unseeded Belgian and Belarusian duo rolled to their first career title as a team at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.
Both defeated reigning Roland Garros and Wimbledon champions, and top seeds, Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova, 6-3, 6-2.
“I think that was on our mind, but not really the result,” Mertens said. “We were there as one team, and it came out great.
Yeah, I think…it clicks. [We were] both aggressive on the net. It was a really good match.
“In Australia we still had to figure things out, first time together and already playing three sets against those top seeds. I mean, I really felt there is really potential, us in a doubles team.”