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Barty & Dellacqua beaten in French Open final

2 Avenue Gordon Bennett, 75016 Paris, France, 11 June 2017 | AAP

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Australian tennis stars Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty have fallen one win shy of an elusive grand slam women’s crown on Sunday night, beaten 6-2 6-1 by top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in the French Open final at Roland Garros.

The first all-Australian women’s pairing to make the title match in Paris in 46 years, Dellacqua and Barty were downed in 66 minutes.

Despite coming up short, it’s been a successful campaign for the two Australians after both looked lost to tennis not so long ago.

Dellacqua, now 32, was sidelined for more than a year after being concussed in an on-court fall in late 2015 while Barty quit the sport in 2014 to switch to cricket before returning to her first love prior to Wimbledon last year.

Dellacqua and Barty will each pocket 125,000 euros ($A245,000) for their efforts.

For Mattek-Sands and Safarova, ranked No.1 and No.2 in the world respectively in women’s doubles, it was a fifth grand slam title together.

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