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Tennis: Eri Hozumi, Makoto Ninomiya reach French Open women’s doubles final

The Japanese pair of Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya on Friday advanced to the women’s doubles final at the French Open with a straight-sets win over No. 8 seeds Chan Hao-ching of Taiwan and Yang Zhaoxuan of China.

The unseeded duo took 1 hour, 3 minutes to complete the 6-2, 6-2 victory on the Suzanne-Lenglen Court at Roland Garros.

Hozumi and Ninomiya, both 24, are the first Japanese pair to reach the women’s doubles final of a Grand Slam event.

They reached the semifinals by upsetting top-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-6(4), 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

All – Kyodo News+

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