Final Four Set For Doha

The China Open quarterfinal results sent two more teams into the season-ending field in Doha.

Published October 07, 2010 12:00

Final Four Set For Doha
Lisa Raymond, Rennae Stubbs

BEIJING, China - The final four doubles teams were determined, not only at the China Open, but also for the WTA Championships - Doha 2010, as the most important quarterfinal line-up of the year took place in the on Thursday.

The result of the first match of the day yielded the third and fourth qualifying teams for Doha, as the losers of that match were eliminated from the race. Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, who won the season-ending title in Doha last year and were the No.5 seeds this week, lost to No.1 seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, 67(7) 61 104. That result sent Lisa Raymond & Rennae Stubbs and Vania King & Yaroslava Shvedova into the four team field for the WTA Championships - Doha 2010.

"I congratulate Lisa and Rennae and Vania and Yaroslava on qualifying for the WTA Championships," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA. "Lisa and Rennae first teamed up 15 years ago and it's truly remarkable they are still one of the best doubles teams in the world. Vania and Yaroslava have found success immediately after partnering earlier this spring and after two back-to-back Grand Slam doubles titles, a trip to the WTA Championships is a perfect way to end the season."

King and Shvedova, the No.4 seeds this week, got a walkover over No.6 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. Petrova withdrew with a right foot injury.

The other semifinalist teams will be unseeded, after Chuang Chia-Jung and Olga Govortsova ousted No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, 76(5) 62, and Vera Dushevina and Arantxa Parra Santonja beat Agnes Szavay and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 76(6) 16 106.

"This week is really great for me because I played really great in singles, and Arantxa and I are doing fantastic in doubles," Dushevina, who celebrated her 24th birthday on Wednesday, said. "Arantxa and I signed up together at the last minute and it's our first time playing together. We saved match point to beat Raymond and Stubbs and have gone to tie-breaks every match.

"My birthday wasn't anything too special. I had a late match, then went back to the hotel and had room service and cake, that's it! It was a really long day."

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