Defending doubles champion falls in title match at WTA Finals

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Defending doubles champion falls in title match at WTA Finals

Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens defeated defending champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinyakova 6-2, 4-6, 11-9 to win the doubles title on the WTA Finals. Kudermetova and Mertens gained six consecutive factors after happening 7-2 within the champions tiebreaker to shut issues on their second match level.

6 Caroline Garcia faces seventh-seeded Arya Sabalenka for the singles championship on Monday. Krejcikova and Siniakova had been attempting to finish a dominant season that included titles in all three Grand Slam occasions during which they competed.

Veronika Kudermetova, of Russia, and doubles associate, Elise Mertens of Belgium, pose with the winner’s trophy, carrying cowboy hats after their victories over Barbora Krajcikova and Katerina Siniakova, each of the Czech Republic, within the doubles ultimate. WTA Finals tennis match in Texas, Monday (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

It was the fourth lack of the season for the Czech pair, who had been attempting to develop into the seventh doubles staff to defend the WTA Finals championship. Kudermetova and Mertens wanted lower than an hour to beat Desira Kravczyk and Demi Schurs within the semi-finals, then took that momentum into the primary set of the ultimate.

After profitable the final two video games of the second set to pressure a tiebreaker, Krejcikova and Siniakova took the large lead within the tiebreaker earlier than faltering on the short-term indoor onerous courtroom at Dickies Arena.

The occasion was moved from China to Texas over issues concerning the security of Grand Slam doubles champion Peng Shuai, who accused a former authorities official there of sexual assault. Coronavirus restrictions additionally performed a component within the choice. It is the primary WTA Finals within the US since 2005. Kudermetova and Mertens avenged their loss to Krejcikova and Siniakova within the Australian Open semi-finals.
Mertens is a three-time main winner in doubles, together with the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open with Sabalenka.


With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS

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