Two weeks after their title in Indian Wells, Elise Mertens and the White-Russian Aryna Sabalenka Sunday also the doubles in Miami (9.035.428 dollars) won. In the final they beat the Australian Samantha Stosur and the Chinese Zhang shoot fighting in 1 hour and 24 minutes with 7-6 (7/5) 6-2.
For Mertens, it is the ninth WTA title in doubles, the second on the side of Sabalenka and after Indian Wells, the second at a tournament of such a level. Sabalenka posted in her fourth final, a third double title. In Lugano she was in april last year with her compatriot Vera Lapko of the title held by Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens. In addition, it won Mertens with the Netherlands ‘ Demi Schuurs in 2018 in Hobart, Rosmalen and Wuhan and in 2017 in Guangzhou, with Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella in 2016 in Limoges (125K) and An-Sophie Mestach in 2016 in Auckland. After their “Sunshine Double” are Mertens and Sabalenka all ten races long undefeated.
On the WTA-dubbelranking rises Mertens from the tenth to the sixth place, its highest position yet. Sabalenka makes a jump of thirteen places to the 21st spot.