Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova extended their remarkable winning streak at major tournaments by defending their women’s doubles title at the Australian Open.
The Czech duo’s 6-4 6-3 win over Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara was their 24th straight Grand Slam victory.
They have now won each of the last four Slam tournaments they have played.
Their seventh major title saw them become the first to defend the women’s doubles title in Melbourne since 2014.
“I’m really happy to have this trophy again,” said Siniakova. “What we have achieved in the last few months is incredible. I’m really proud and we’re playing very well. The team spirit works, because it’s hard.”
Olympic champions Krejcikova, 27, and Siniakova, 26, completed a career Grand Slam with their win at the 2022 US Open.
However, they were denied the chance to claim a Schedule Slam – winning all four majors in the same year – because 2021 Roland-Garros singles champion Krejcikova tested positive for Covid-19 at Roland Garros last year.
The Czech duo’s last Grand Slam loss came in the first round of the 2021 US Open.
Their latest win at Melbourne Park means they have won 21 of their last 23 Australian Open matches, having reached the 2020 semi-finals and 2021 final ahead of back-to-back triumphs.