Babos and Mladenovic win the doubles title of the WTA final

Shenzhen, China): Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic played a master class against Barbora Strycova & Hsieh Su-Wei to defend his WTA finals Double the title on Sunday.

In an uneven final, world number three completed an undefeated campaign in Shenzhen with a 6-1 loss, 6-3 in 64 minutes.

The French Open champions were the first team since 2008 to defend his crown. It was a third straight triumph for Babos, who won in 2017 when paired with Andrea Sestini-Hlavackova.

"We really stood up & believed in our mental strength," Mladenovic said after the match.

The French-Hungarian pairing started red hot & captured two early breaks to run through a one-sided first set in just 24 minutes.

They won a decisive break in the sixth game of the second set before completing a convincing victory over the Wimbledon champions.

Strycova had already secured the classification of double number one of the end of the year for the first time in his career.