Vania, Barbora Crowned
Published September 21, 2009 08:26
Top-seeded King and Zahlavova Strycova took the Bell Challenge in Québec City with a 61 63 defeat of unseeded Sofia Arvidsson and Severine Brémond Beltrame. The only real adversity the American-Czech duo faced was when they lost the first two games of the second set, but they only dropped one more the rest of the way. It was King's eighth Tour doubles title, including last year's Bell Challenge with Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and Zahlavova Strycova's fourth.
"It was our first time playing together and we didn't really know each other at all before this," King said. "Barbora asked me in New York to play and I think our games complemented each other well."
"Vania is a great doubles player and I thought we could do well here," Zahlavova Strycova said. "To come away with the title after playing with someone for the first time is very good. I hope we can team up again in the future. We had a great week."
Meanwhile, in a battle of unseeded teams, Govortsova and Poutchek outlasted Kimiko Date Krumm and Sun Tiantian in a match tie-break, 36 62 108, at the GDD-Guangzhou International Women's Open. The Belarusians won eight of the last 11 points in the match tie-break to rally from a 5-2 deficit. Govortsova now has two Tour doubles titles to her name, while Poutchek has five, including the Guangzhou title a year ago with Mariya Koryttseva. Date Krumm was playing just her third Tour doubles final and first since she returned to the Tour last year after a 12-year absence. She is 1-2 in those finals, while Sun is now 12-10 in Tour doubles finals.