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Kontinen first Finn to win doubles Grand Slam in tennis

Finnish tennis star Henri Kontinen and his Australian doubles partner John Peers won the Grand Slam doubles in the Australian Open Saturday, making Kontinen the first Finn ever to win a doubls major. Seeded four going into the tournament, the pair defeated the third-seeded Bryan brothers 7-5 7-5 in the final.

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Henri Kontinen has become the first Finn to win a Grand Slam doubles victory on Saturday in the Australian Open. Kontinen and his doubles partner John Peers beat the doubles legends Bob and Mike Bryan, who were hoping to gain their 17th Grand Slam title.

In addition to Kontinen’s historic achievement, Peers also became the first Australian to win the Grand Slam doubles title since 2001.

Kontinen and Peers started playing together at last year’s Australian Open, winning five titles together in 2016. Their winning streak, which includes victories in the Paris Masters tournament and the London ATP final, made them the favourites ahead of the Saturday match.

The Finnish-Ozzie duo dazzled in its two-set win against the most decorated doubles team in tennis history, the US-born Bryan twins. Kontinen worked the net well and Peers came through with great serves.

Their Australian Open win includes a cash prize of 457,000 euros, which the doubles champions will split between them.

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