Third Seeds' The Charm
Published July 27, 2009 08:56
It was a successful weekend on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour for third-seeded doubles teams and for Czechs, as Julia Goerges and Vladimira Uhlirova won in Portoroz and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in Bad Gastein. The only non-Czech of the champions was Germany's Goerges.
Goerges and Uhlirova were playing together for the first time at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open, yet won Saturday's final in convincing fashion over Camille Pin and Klara Zakopalova, 64 62. It was Goerges' first Tour title of any kind, while Uhlirova now has three Tour doubles titles. The week featured several upsets, as other than Goerges and Uhlirova, no seeded team made it even as far as the semis.
"Congratulations to Camille and Klara. It was a great week for them. And thanks to Julia for playing here, our first time playing together and our first title," Uhlirova said. "I'd like to thank all the fans, especially the Czech group in the stands, who have been supporting us all week long."
Hlavackova and Hradecka also relinquished just six games in the final of the Nürnberger Gastein Ladies, defeating Andrea Petkovic, who captured the singles there, and Tatjana Malek, 62 64. It was their third Tour title together, as last year they conquered Prague and this event. Hradecka has won the title here all three years she's played, having also been victorious in 2007 with Renata Voracova. She now has six Tour doubles titles to her name.
"I'm very happy because we played our best tennis this week today, as we struggled quite a bit in the second and third rounds," said Hlavackova, who has four career Tour doubles titles. "This is my second title here, so hopefully we can win next year so I can have my hat trick like Lucie."
Meanwhile, in the race to qualify for one of the four spots available for the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships - Doha 2009, three of the Top 10 teams are in action this week at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. Cara Black and Liezel Huber are comfortably in first place, ahead of their potential opponents in the final, Serena and Venus Williams. Third-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova are currently in ninth place.