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Fascinating Doubles Final In Store In Madrid

Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko will square off with Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.

Published May 06, 2011 07:38

Fascinating Doubles Final In Store In Madrid
Maria Kirilenko, Victoria Azarenka

MADRID, Spain - Saturday's Mutua Madrid Open doubles final is sure to be an intriguing one, with No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik taking on No.5 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko for the third time this season.

Peschke and Srebotnik have become match tie-break specialists, having gone 17-5 in them as a duo, including two this week. In their 61 46 102 semifinal victory over Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs on Friday, they raced out to a 4-0 lead in the match tie-break and never looked back. Peschke and Srebotnik are now 23-6 this year and will be trying to tie Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova for most titles in 2011 with three, having won Auckland and Doha.

"We're very excited to be in another final and to get our form back from the beginning of the year," Srebotnik said. "Each match we've been playing better, so we're really looking forward to the final and hopefully we can win the whole thing."

As for Azarenka and Kirilenko, they had little trouble with third-seeded Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, downing the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions, 62 64. Azarenka and Kirilenko are now 25-5 in their careers together, including 15-2 this year. They are 2-1 against Peschke and Srebotnik, having beaten them in the second round of Cincinnati in 2010 and in the semifinals of this year's Australian Open and having lost to them in the semifinals of Dubai earlier this year. Interestingly enough, all three of the matches were fairly lopsided. Azarenka and Kirilenko are 1-1 in their careers in finals, while Peschke and Srebotnik are 4-9.

Friday was an especially good day for Azarenka, as prior to her doubles match, she advanced to the semifinals in singles.

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