Triumphs For Top Seeds

Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Katarina Srebotnik were the champs in Linz, while Chuang Chia-Jung and Lisa Raymond were victorious in Osaka.

Published October 19, 2009 08:44

Triumphs For Top Seeds
Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Katarina Srebotnik

The top-seeded duos at the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events in Linz and Osaka last week upheld their seedings, as both were victorious in Sunday's finals.

At the Generali Ladies Linz, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Katarina Srebotnik were playing together for just the second time, but nevertheless took the title with a 61 64 defeat of second-seeded Poles Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska. It was Groenefeld's 10th Tour doubles title and second this year. Interestingly enough, her first came in her first event of the year, in Brisbane, where she also defeated Jans and Rosolska in the final, that time alongside Vania King. Srebotnik's 21st Tour doubles title of her career was her first since returning from a 10-month injury layoff in August. In addition to Brisbane and Linz, Jans and Rosolska also made a Tour final in Marbella this year, winning that one.

Groenefeld and Srebotnik's biggest test of the week came in the semifinals, where they edged Meghann Shaughnessy and Roberta Vinci in a match tie-break, 61 36 1412. The eventual champs had a match point against them at 11-10 in the match tie-break before rallying.

"It's so great to come back here to Linz and defend my title, although I must say I miss Sugi already!" said Srebotnik, who won last year with the recently retired Ai Sugiyama. "Anna-Lena and I played great all week, though, and it's nice for me to win my 21st Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles title. My title here last year was my 20th and then I didn't play for 10 months, so winning is a really good reward."

"I had fun with Kata this week. It was the second time we'd played together and we won a title pretty much right away," said Groenefeld, who reached the quarters in Seoul last month with Srebotnik in their other outing together. "I had a great week in Linz. I like all the tournaments in Austria; they're really well organized and have such nice people running them, so I love coming back."

Meanwhile, at the HP Open, Chuang Chia-Jung and Lisa Raymond topped unseeded Chanelle Scheepers and Abigail Spears, 62 64, in the final for Chuang's 13th career Tour doubles title and third of the season and Raymond's 68th of her career, but first of the season. Chuang's other titles in 2009 were in Ponte Vedra Beach alongside Sania Mirza and in Los Angeles alongside Yan Zi.

"It feels great to finish the year with a win," Raymond said. "It has been a great week and a lot of fun to play with CJ. It was a great final and thanks to all of the fans for coming out to watch the doubles matches throughout the week."

"It's very exciting to win," Chuang said. "I'm very happy to play with Lisa. She's a great partner and we had a great week."

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