MAKING HISTORY: Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig were the first pair to defend the title since Margaret Court and Ken Fletcher, who won in Paris from 1963 to 1965
Date: Jun 08, 2019
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AFP, PARIS
Taiwan’s Latisha Chan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia yesterday retained their French Open
mixed doubles title, while Ashleigh Barty and Marketa Vondrousova set up a showdown in the women’s singles final today.
Unseeded Chan and Dodig defeated second seeds and last year’s Australian Open champions Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Mate Pavic of Croatia 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) in 1 hour, 19 minutes on Court Simonne-Mathieu at Roland Garros in a rerun of last year’s final.
The reigning champions saved one of the two break points they faced and converted three of five, winning 76 percent of points on their first serve to lift the trophy for the second year running.
The last pair to successfully defend the title were Margaret Court and Ken Fletcher, three-time champions from 1963 to 1965. [FULL STORY]