Following Cagla Buyukakcay’s historic victory, doubles trophy also lifted by a hometown player. Turkey’s Ipek Soylu and Romania’s Andreea Mitu were crowned the champion as singles runner-up Danka Kovinic was forced to withdraw.

Turkey’s Ipek Soylu and Romania’s Andreea Mitu claimed the doubles title at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup following the withdrawal announcement of Danka Kovinic, who lost to Cagla Buyukakcay earlier today.

First-time partners Soylu and Mitu also had a walkover in the semifinal after knocking out Czech and Russian opponents respectively. Soylu’s championship is noted as the first WTA doubles title of her nation, as Mitu celebrated her maiden crown.

Teaming up with Xenia Knoll, 21-year-old Kovinic finished runner-up in both singles and doubles.

Doubles awards were presented by Turkish Tennis Federation President Cengiz Durmus, CEO of TEB Umit Leblebici, Deputy Chairman of Garanti Koza Board Murat Binark and Koza World of Sports Advisor Paul McNamee.

Soylu and Mitu, who share 12300 USD and earn 280 points, express their feellings with the press after maiden success. “Although this wasn’t the way we wanted for an end, we are happy to win the tournament. We have a good harmony and hope to collaborate again.”