US Open defending women’s doubles champs fall

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NEW YORK — Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova, the top-seeded team and the defending US Open women’s doubles champions, were knocked out of the tournament Friday in the second round.

They lost 6-2, 6-3 to fellow Czech players Marketa Vondrousova, the Wimbledon singles champion, and Barbora Strycova, who won the doubles title at the All England Club.

Krejcikova and Siniakova completed a career Grand Slam with their victory last year at Flushing Meadows. That capped a dominant season in the major tournaments, with them winning all three that they played. They were unable to defend their 2021 French Open title after Krejcikova tested positive for COVID-19.

Strycova came out of retirement this year after giving birth to a son and teamed with Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan to win their second Wimbledon doubles title.

The loss by Krejcikova and Siniakova leaves the third-seeded team of Americans Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula as the highest seeds left in the tournament. No. 2 Elise Mertens and Storm Hunter were upset in the first round.

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