Canadian junior boys win U.S. Open doubles final

The Canadian duo of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov were victorious in their U.S. Open debut, capturing the junior boys' doubles title on Sunday by downing the American team of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov defeat Americans

The Canadian duo of Felix Auger-Aliassime, left, and Denis Shapovalov won the junior boys' doubles title at the U.S. Open in New York on Sunday. (Twitter/@OpenCourt)

The Canadian duo of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov were victorious in their U.S. Open debut, capturing the junior boys' doubles title on Sunday by downing the American team of Brandon Holt and Riley Smith.

Montreal's Auger-Aliassime, 15, and Toronto's Shapovalov, 16, took the match in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in one hour 23 minutes.

"We played really well, and it's a great start for us," Shapovalov said. "I feel like this is just the beginning of a great future for me and Felix — or as we like call us, 'Team Sauger'."

Broken while serving for the first set at 5-4, Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov bounced back and won the next two games to secure the one-set advantage.

The Canadian teenagers fell behind in the second set before rain suspended play with their opponents serving for the set at 5-3. Coming back from a more than three-hour delay, Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov jumped to a quick start, forcing a second-set tiebreaker where they ultimately clinched the triumph.

Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov are only the second all-Canadian team ever to win a junior Slam doubles title. Sebastien Lareau and Sebastien LeBlanc captured the Junior French Open and Junior Wimbledon doubles crowns in 1990.

"I'm really happy about our win today," said Auger-Aliassime. "It feels great, especially because it's been 25 years since an all-Canadian team has won a junior doubles Grand Slam."

This was the Grand Slam debut for Auger-Aliassime, who is the highest-ranked junior boy in Canada with an ITF world ranking of No. 26. After starting the year at No. 572, he is now the youngest player in the Top 100. For Shapovalov, the current indoor and outdoor under-18 national champion, it was his third Slam appearance. He is currently ranked No. 53 in the world.

Hingis, Mirza team up for win

Martina Hingis earned her 11th Grand Slam women's doubles title and second at the U.S. Open.

Already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Hingis paired with Sania Mirza of India to beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 in the U.S. Open final Sunday.

The title comes 18 years after the 34-year-old Hingis' first in doubles, at the Australian Open, and 17 years after the Swiss star won her other doubles championship at Flushing Meadows.

Asked how to compare her game now to back when she won with Jana Novotna at the U.S. Open in 1998, Hingis said: "It's different. I try to make the maximum out of my potential. I think I do volley better than I used to. ... I don't have to worry about the baseline game — I've got Sania there."

Hingis also won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title this year with Leander Paes.

Hingis and Mirza only began playing as a team in March, and now they've won a second Grand Slam trophy in a row, after Wimbledon in July.

"From the start, we hit it off," Hingis said. "Our games just really complement each other."

She and Mirza were seeded No. 1 in New York. Dellacqua and Shvedova were seeded fourth.

"With all the pressure on us, all the time, we're really happy to come through," Mirza said.

Said Shvedova: "They're very tough to beat. Maybe we can beat them next time."

Hingis, who reached No. 1 in the rankings and won five Grand Slam singles titles in the 1990s, initially quit tennis in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries, then rejoined the circuit full-time in 2006. She announced her retirement again in 2007, when she was given a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. At the time, she denied taking the drug but did not appeal the ruling.

She returned to the tennis tour in recent years as a coach and now is back playing, perhaps with an eye to competing at next year's Rio Olympics.

With files from The Associated Press


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