BEIJING, China - No.4 seeds Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova are through to the China Open final, capping off a stellar week that saw them become the fifth team to clinch a spot at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
The pair needed a match tiebreaker and nearly two hours to see off the Russian duo of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-8.
“I think it was definitely a great match, amazing opponents,” Babos said afterwards. “We have very bad records both of us against them, so it’s very good to get a win from them.
“This just shows that we’re ready for Singapore, to play with the best teams. It’s a great feeling.”
Hlavackova added: “I think it was our best match here, and probably of the season too. I’m just really happy and pleased that we’re in the final of a big tournament, on a good roll.”
Babos and Hlavackova were up a break and serving for the match in the second set against No.2 seeds, but the Russians roared back in the nick of time, converting on their seventh set point to send the match into a decider, where the Czech-Hungarian team finally edged through.
Babos and Hlavackova are through to their second Premier Mandatory final as a pair; earlier in the season, they took home three titles - at the Grand Prix de SAR la Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat, Coupe Banque Nationale presentée par IGA in Quebec City and the Tashkent Open - and were also runners-up at the Mutua Madrid Open.
The No.1 seeds Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan lie in wait in the China Open final. The pair came back from a set down to defeat the No.3 seeds Sania Mirza and Peng Shuai, 6-2, 6-1, 10-5.
Hingis - who returned to the WTA Doubles World No.1 ranking at the start of the week - and Chan are riding the wave of a 17-match winning streak, and come into the final seeking their ninth title of 2017.