Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie defeated Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-3 6-2, to book a final meeting with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - Nine years after her historic victory alongside Yan Zi, Zheng Jie will get the chance to reclaim the Australian Open doubles crown.

On Wednesday, Zheng and new partner Chan Yung-Jan defeated Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-3, 6-2, to book a final meeting with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.

Chan and Zheng were near-faultless from start to finish, snapping up all five of their break point opportunities and committing only 12 unforced errors. In fact, the only complication came on the final point, when they required the help of Hawk-Eye to get them over the line.

Zheng's previous run to the final at Melbourne Park was a significant moment in modern day tennis, as she and Yan became China's first Grand Slam winners. The following summer they also triumphed at Wimbledon, although since then neither has added to their Grand Slam tally.

Both Mattek-Sands and Safarova, meanwhile, are looking to win their very first major. And, like Chan and Zheng, their semifinal, against Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, was a brief affair. 

After racing through the first set, 6-0, they were handed a place in the final when Goerges was forced to retire because of a viral illness. "I feel sorry for Julia that she's feeling so sick but I think we played well and we were ready," Safarova said. "We've had a tough draw from the first round and we really pulled out a good game there so now we will get ready for the final."

The Australian Open is the pair's first event together, after being brought together during the off-season by two of the significant men in their life. "I know Bethanie quite a bit and my coach is a good friend of her husband, so in the off-season we were messaging and we said 'let's go for the doubles in Melbourne,' Safarova said. "Seems like a good decision!"