PARIS -- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova not only won their second Grand Slam doubles title of the year Sunday, they also increased their already substantial lead in smiles, giggles and laughs. While Mattek-Sands has listened to Macklemore while walking onto the court, a more fitting song for the two would be Pharrell's "Happy.''
"We are already known that we have the most laughing corner in the locker room,'' Safarova said. "Some girls are like, 'You again?'''
Yes, them again. After winning the Australian Open in January, the two added the French Open title Sunday by rallying to beat Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. And the thing is, the two good friends didn't even start playing doubles together until just before Australia. "And I think I was ranked No. 350 in doubles at the beginning of the year,'' Mattek-Sands said.
She's not anymore. In addition to winning the women's doubles title here, Mattek-Sands and Mike Bryan also won the mixed doubles title. And those two players didn't team up until just before this tournament.
"To win it with Mike and then win it with Lucie, and after winning the Australian Open, it's been so much fun,'' Mattek-Sands said. "We've had so much fun, on the court, off the court in the locker room, we've just been soaking it all in.''
Both players said their friendship and camaraderie are big components in their success on the court. "I knew we were going to have fun, but I didn't know I would play so much doubles,'' Mattek-Sands said. "She's a great player -- singles, doubles, it doesn't matter. She's a great player.''
Safarova showed how good she is with an impressive fortnight here -- she also played for the singles title Saturday (losing to Serena Williams in three sets). Counting singles and doubles, she played 13 matches here while Mattek-Sands played 11. Safarova played three sets Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"It was a lot of fun, actually,'' Safarova said of the workload. "To keep winning, and playing so well and having so much fun, It's just amazing. That's what we work for, to be here at a Grand Slam and winning another title.''
Safarova said that she was a little down after losing to Serena but she recovered quickly. "I was on one side a little bit sad, but also really happy about my game here. I was actually excited about today's final. I was very pumped to at least get one title out of those two.''
And with that doubles title, the two joined Williams in being halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam.
"I'm sure everyone is talking about that. But no, I just want to drink champagne out of this trophy, and then we will work our way to the next one,'' Mattek-Sands said. "Actually I want to go home before I think about playing tennis anymore. ... But we are excited about it. Obviously we are going to go forward and get back out on the practice court at some point and get on the grass and go for it there, too.''