Kveta & Katarina A Win Away From Grand Slam Glory
Published July 01, 2011 11:07
LONDON, England - Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik's list of accomplishments since joining forces almost full-time early in 2010 is a lengthy one. Among their feats are five titles - four of them Premier-level - and 10 runners-up showings, including at last year's WTA Championships. They also have a stranglehold on the top spot in the Race to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2011.
However, the one glaring hole in Peschke and Srebotnik's resume is a major title. They have come close, most notably with a runner-up showing at last year's French Open in which they fell to the Williams sisters and a semifinal showing at this year's Australian Open. In addition to her run to the Roland Garros final alongside Peschke, Srebotnik has been a Grand Slam runner-up three other times with other partners.
The second-seeded Peschke and Srebotnik will have another shot at that elusive major at Wimbledon, as they handled fourth-seeded Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina, 63 61, for their 80th career win together in semifinal action on Friday. It was tied for their easiest match of the fortnight in terms of games lost.
Peschke and Srebotnik will certainly be favorites over their foes in the final, which has not been set yet, as darkness suspended the semifinal between Sabine Lisicki and Samantha Stosur and lucky losers Marina Erakovic and Tamarine Tanasugarn at 5-5 in the third set. That match will be finished Saturday with the final being played later in the day.