Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova will play for their first Grand Slam title as a team after beating top seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos in the semifinals of Wimbledon.
WTA Staff
July 12, 2019

LONDON, Great Britain - Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova ended World No.1 Kristina Mladenovic and partner Timea Babos' bid for a second straight Grand Slam at Wimbledon on Friday.

The No.3 seeds downed the top seeds in the semifinals to advance to their first Grand Slam final as a pair, 7-6(5), 6-4.

The Nature Valley Classic champions in Birmingham, Hsieh and Strycova will face No.4 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yi-fan in the final, with the Canadian and Chinese duo also looking for their first Grand Slam title as a team.

Neither pair faced a break point across the first 12 games of the opening set, nor were ever even taken to deuce, before the first four points of the tiebreak went against the serving team.

Hsieh and Strycova were the first to settle, winning the go-ahead point for 3-2, and taking a mini-break advantage that they rode through to the set's conclusion from there.

The No.3 seeds were similarly dominant on serve in the second set, as they lost just seven points in five service games, making the opening break of Mladenovic's serve in the first game the decisive one.

Hsieh, a Wimbledon champion in 2013 alongside Peng Shuai, will look to win her third Grand Slam title overall, while Strycova advances to her first major final after six semifinal showings.