MONTREAL, Canada - Ashleigh Barty and Demi Schuurs are through to their second final together as a pair, seeing off the No.7 seeds Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke in straight sets at the Coupe Rogers.
Barty had to bounce back quickly from a tough loss against World No.1 Simona Halep in singles earlier in the day, partnering with Schuurs for their semifinal.
“It's always nice to have to bounce back and be positive,” Barty told press afterward. “I had a quick turnaround between singles and doubles. Yes, I'm disappointed with my singles. In the same breath, I had a commitment to my partner, to Demi, to my team, to myself, to go out there and try my very best in the doubles pretty soon after, which is a good thing.
“I can play my singles, do my best in my singles, then worry about the doubles when we have to.”
The No.8 seeds were facing Melichar and Peschke out on Court Central, and the change in atmosphere resulted in a nervy opening set which saw Barty and Schuurs struggle to convert on break opportunities, letting three slip away across two games.
The pair finally got ahead late in the set to avoid the tiebreak and edge through in the opening set. The played more loose in the second, getting ahead a double break to leed 5-1. Barty and Schuurs held four match points in two games, but finally converted to book their spot in the final after an hour and 20 minutes.
“I think it's a little bit tricky sometimes playing doubles on a center court when it's a little bit bigger surroundings, Barty admitted. “But I think particularly we all served well in the beginning. Then Demi and I were able to get into their service games late into the first set and build pressure into the second, as well.”
Barty and Schuurs await the No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Latisha Chan, who edged through in a tough battle against the No.6 seeds Andreja Klepac and María José Martínez Sánchez to win 6-4, 7-6(3).