Second-seeded Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka defeated Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova to win their maiden Australian Open doubles trophy on Friday.

The Belgian-Belarusian combination proved too strong for the third-seeded Czech pair, winning 6-2, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena after sealing the match on their fourth championship point.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks so thank you to everyone involved. Glad to have fans back,” said Mertens.

It was their second Grand Slam success as a team after the 2019 US Open and sixth title overall as they both bounced back from fourth-round defeats in singles at Melbourne Park.

The pair made their debut together at 2019 Australian Open and have since established themselves as one of the tour’s top teams, along with two-time Grand Slam winners Krejcikova and Siniakova.