First-time pairing Victoria Azarenka and Beatriz Haddad Maia snapped Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula’s nine-match winning streak to secure the Mutua Madrid Open doubles title on Sunday.
Doubles world No.3 and No.4 Pegula and Gauff entered the final carrying a 19-3 win-loss record together for the season and searching for their third doubles trophy of the year, having won in Doha and Miami.
The top-seeded Americans were the runners-up at Roland Garros last year and had never lost a WTA 1000 final before Azarenka and Haddad Maia handed them a 6-1, 6-4 defeat at the Caja Magica.
Azarenka and Haddad Maia broke twice to manifest a 5-1 lead and a missed volley from Gauff handed them the opening set in 24 minutes.
Pegula and Gauff shook off their slow start and began to find their game in the second set, putting pressure on the Azarenka serve and finding some crucial volleys to break their opponents for a 3-2 advantage.
From 2-4 down, Azarenka and Haddad Maia took the next four games to seal the victory on their second championship point as a Pegula volley sailed long.
The triumphant duo combined for 18 winners and converted five of the 14 break point opportunities they created throughout the 66-minute final.
Haddad Maia, a runner-up in Indian Wells alongside Laura Siegemund, claimed the first WTA 1000 doubles title of her career – she was 0-2 in 1000 finals coming in – while Azarenka improved to 5-0 in championship deciders at this level.
Azarenka, a doubles champion in Madrid alongside Maria Kirilenko in 2011, captured her first WTA 1000 doubles trophy since her successful run with Ashleigh Barty in Rome four years ago.