Top Teams Into Final
Published October 30, 2010 12:00
DOHA, Qatar - The Top 2 seeds in the WTA Championships - Doha 2010 doubles event moved into the final in straight sets on Saturday, with Gisela Dulko & Flavia Pennetta and Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik getting past some very accomplished unseeded opponents in the semifinals.
Peschke and Srebotnik, the No.2 seeds, were the first to advance, beating Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, 76(6) 63, their second win in three meetings this year. Peschke and Srebotnik seemed headed for an easy first set win as they built an early 5-1 lead, even holding set point in that game; Raymond and Stubbs clawed back to 5-all and 6-all and saved another two set points from 6-4 down in the tie-break, but Peschke and Srebotnik managed to close it out.
"They came back very strongly and we had a few problems with our game," Peschke said. "They are one of the best doubles teams ever. They're really tough. But we just had to focus a little more on ourselves from that point."
Roles were reversed in the second set as Raymond and Stubbs were the early leaders, going up 3-1; but Peschke and Srebotnik stormed back in a big way, taking five games in a row to prevail - losing only four points in that stretch.
Dulko and Pennetta, the No.1 seeds, followed them into the final later in the day with a 64 64 win over Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova. Dulko and Pennetta had lost their only previous meeting with reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions King and Shvedova. in straight sets at the US Open.
Both winning teams will be playing their ninth WTA doubles finals of the year. Dulko and Pennetta have gone 6-2 in their first eight finals (winning titles in Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Bastad, Montréal and Moscow); Peschke and Srebotnik have gone 2-6 (winning titles in Indian Wells and New Haven).
"It's tough to point out one thing as the reason for our success," Srebotnik said. "We clicked immediately. We reached the final of our second tournament and won our third. We communicate well on who takes which ball and it works."
Dulko and Pennetta are 3-0 lifetime against Peschke and Srebotnik, all three of those meetings coming this year, winning 36 76(3) 105 in the Stuttgart final, 63 76(3) in the first round of Madrid and 75 36 1210 in the Montréal final. The first and third meetings could have gone either way - Peschke and Srebotnik led 63 53 in Stuttgart and held match point at 10-9 in the tie-break in Montréal.