Top-seeded French team in US Open women's doubles final

BY foxsports • September 8, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) The top-seeded French team of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic advanced Thursday to the U.S. Open doubles final to take on No. 12-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.

Garcia and Mladenovic, who won the French Open, defeated the sixth-seeded team of Martina Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4 in one semifinal. Mattek-Sands and Safarova downed the fifth-seeded team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the other.

Mattek-Sands and Safarova won the Australian Open and the French Open in 2015.

Garcia and Mladenovic and Mattek-Sands and Safarova met in one other tour final this year, at Charleston, with the French team winning in straight sets.

Mladenovic and Garcia were provisionally suspended by the French tennis federation for `'damaging'' its image at the Olympics, accused of criticizing federation officials for a clothing mix-up before their first-round defeat.

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