Top Teams Gear Up
Published October 29, 2010 12:00
DOHA, Qatar - The doubles draw was set at the WTA Championships - Doha 2010 on Thursday, with the four qualifying teams placed in a single elimination draw starting with the semifinals, to be held on Saturday.
Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, the No.1 seeds, will take on Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova. Dulko and Pennetta have three times as many titles as King and Shvedova this year (six to two) but King and Shvedova do have two things going for them: their two titles came at Grand Slams (Wimbledon and US Open) and they did win their only previous meeting against Dulko and Pennetta, in the quarterfinals of the US Open and in straight sets, 63 63.
Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, the No.2 seeds, will face Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. Both teams have won Premier titles this year, but perhaps more intriguing is their history, which is tied, 1-1, both meetings this year. Peschke and Srebotnik won their first meeting in the early rounds of Dubai, 61 46 107, while Raymond and Stubbs got revenge in the finals of Eastbourne, 62 26 1311 (Peschke and Srebotnik did hold two match points).
The only team to have played the WTA Championships together before is Raymond and Stubbs, and they did win it once, in 2001.