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Japan pair falls short in women’s doubles final

AFP PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya’s hopes of becoming the first all-Japanese pair to win a Grand Slam women’s doubles title were swamped by the big-hitting Czech pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in Sunday’s French Open final.

The sixth seeds won 6-3, 6-3 in just 65 minutes against Hozumi and Ninomiya, who had stunned top seeds and Australian Open champions Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos in the semifinals.

For the Czechs, it was their first Grand Slam title.

Siniakova paid tribute to the Japanese team.

“You had an amazing two weeks and we hope we can play many more times in the future,” she said.

On Saturday, Japan enjoyed two victories.

World No. 1 Yui Kamiji won her third women’s wheelchair championship with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Diede de Groot of the Netherlands. It was the sixth Slam singles title for the 24-year-old.

Shingo Kunieda then claimed the men’s title, his seventh in Paris and 22nd overall at the majors, defeating Argentine second seed Gustavo Fernandez 7-6 (7-5), 6-0.

“I’d like to dedicate this victory to Jana Novotna,” said Krejcikova in honor of her compatriot and 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in November last year at 49.Speech

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