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rench Open 2016: Garcia, Mladenovic crowned women’s doubles champions amidst huge home support

France’s Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic overcome their Russian opponents 6-3 2-6 6-4 on Sunday to take the French Open women’s doubles title, giving the home fans reason to cheer on the final day of a cold, damp tournament.

In a see-saw first set the French fifth seeds led 5-0 before seventh-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina clawed their way back to 5-3, Garcia then holding serve to take the decisive ninth game.

With the main Philippe Chatrier showcourt less than a quarter full but a raucous crowd generating a lively atmosphere, the Russians fought back to take the second set.

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But the French pair made the telling break in the third set, taking Vesnina’s serve in the ninth game with Garcia again serving out to win the match.

On a good day for France, Geoffrey Blancaneaux won the junior singles, beating 15-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 1-6 6-3 8-6 after saving three match points.

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