Favorites To Face Off In Doubles Final
Published June 07, 2014 12:12
PARIS, France - The best two teams of the past couple of seasons will square off in Sunday's French Open final, with top-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai taking on second-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Hsieh and Peng take a perfect 11-0 record in WTA-level finals into this clash, including their lone Grand Slam triumph at last year's Wimbledon.
Errani and Vinci are 19-11 in WTA-level finals, including 4-2 in Grand Slam finals. This is also the third straight year they are into the Roland Garros final, having been victorious in 2012 and runners-up in 2013. If they are able to collect their fifth Grand Slam title, they will move into fifth place for most among teams in the Open Era.
"It's an unbelievable feeling for us to be in the final at Roland Garros for the third year in a row," Vinci said. "We have played a lot of matches in the last few weeks, which is good for our confidence and we are ready for this one. It will be a tough match, for sure. Hsieh and Peng are a very good team with a lot of experience. Even though Sara and I have played a few Grand Slam finals now, we will still be nervous - a Grand Slam final is a Grand Slam final! But we will do our best."
Errani and Vinci have been more dominant than their Asian foes this fortnight. They have lost just one set and have been in especially good form the last two matches, in which they surrendered a combined four games. Hsieh and Peng have been extended to three sets in their last two matches. That being said, they have played two seeded combinations while Errani and Vinci have played just one.
Hsieh and Peng have the edge in the head-to-head between the duos. After losing the initial encounter in the third round of the 2013 Australian Open, they were victorious in the second round of Indian Wells in 2013 and again in an especially tight Rome final in 2013.
This will be the first time the Top 2 seeded pairings will play in a Grand Slam final since No.2 seeds Serena Williams and Venus Williams beat No.1 seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber at the 2010 Australian Open and the first time at the French Open since No.1 seeds Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez defeated No.2 seeds Black and Huber in 2005.
This match also features the Top 4 players on the WTA Doubles Rankings and the No.1 team on the Road To Singapore leaderboard - Errani and Vinci. Hsieh and Peng will be second on the leaderboard on Monday regardless of who wins the final.