Azarenka & Kirilenko, Huber & Raymond...
Published August 13, 2011 12:00
TORONTO, Canada - Two of the top teams in the world will square off in Sunday's doubles final at the $2,050,000 Rogers Cup, as Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond take on Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko.
Huber and Raymond, the No.3 seeds, rallied from a set down to beat No.2 seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, 36 61 106. After losing the first set Huber and Raymond really went to work, their net-rushing game beginning to hit its mark as they lost just four points in three service games in the second set then raced out to a 6-1 lead in the match tie-break, never looking back.
"We stuck together even after losing that first set," Raymond said afterwards. "We played well and never let up once we got our noses ahead.
"It feels great to be back in another final!"
Azarenka and Kirilenko, the No.4 seeds, were next to advance, winning the last four games of the first set and the last four games of the second set to beat Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja, 64 63. The unseeded Spaniards had taken out No.1 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.
Huber and Raymond are looking for their first WTA doubles title together - they are 0-2 in finals, finishing runners-up twice this year, at Eastbourne (losing to Peschke and Srebotnik) and Stanford (losing to Azarenka and Kirilenko).
Azarenka and Kirilenko have already won three WTA doubles titles together (Cincinnati last year, Madrid and Stanford this year). They are 3-1 in finals (they were runners-up at the Aussie Open this year, losing to Dulko and Pennetta).
Huber and Raymond are tied with Azarenka and Kirilenko in their head-to-head series, 1-1. Huber and Raymond won in the French Open quarterfinals this year, 64 46 64, while Azarenka and Kirilenko won in the Stanford final, 61 63.