Australian Open: Mladenovic, Babos win women’s doubles


Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos have clinched their second Australian Open women’s doubles title in three years.

The second-seeded French-Hungarian pair eased past top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Dominic Thiem takes on seventh seed Alexander Zverev for a place in the men's final on Friday.

The Austrian Thiem advanced to the last-four by beating world number one Rafael Nadal, while Germany's Zverev progressed with a victory over former champion Stan Wawrinka.

Thiem has an upper-hand in their head-to-head record. The world no. 5 has just lost twice to Zverev out of the eight times they have met.

The winner will play Novak Djokovic after he eased past Roger Federer in straight sets on Thursday.

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