MATTEK-SANDS & SAFAROVA SLIDE TO THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE AT CHINA OPEN

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova ousted top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the Beijing final, cementing their status as the team to beat in Singapore.

BEIJING, China – No.5 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won their 16th match in a row to capture a third straight title in the finals of the China Open, upsetting top seeds Caroline Garciaand Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4, 6-4. Both teams will be ones to watch heading into the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

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“It’s amazing, our third tournament in a row,” Safarova said as Mattek-Sands threw in a “Team Bucie!” cheer.

“We’re really on a roll, had some really great matches here, tough ones. We played great, both of us in the final,” turning to her partner to add,  “Thank you B!”

The elated pair fell into giggles.

“I’ll play next to you any time, Lucie!”

Mattek-Sands and Safarova were a game from elimination against the French in the final of the US Open, but the 2015 Australian Open and French Open champions turned the tables on the reigning Roland Garros winners and have been unbeatable ever since, triumphing in Flushing and the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open heading into Beijing.

“We had a lot of fun, like we do at every tournament,” Mattek-Sands said of their weeks in Wuhan and Beijing. “We have fun on and off the court, from the warm-ups to the dinners and foot massages. We had a lot of fun here in China and we’re looking forward to coming back.”

Their win in Wuhan guaranteed a second straight appearance at the WTA Finals, and the pair will be aiming to erase tough memories from last year, when the two were forced to withdraw in the round robin stage due to injury.

“Thanks to the Chinese fans because they were amazing,” Safarova said. “They came with all kinds of great pictures and presents, and so it was really nice and special.”

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