SINGAPORE - Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova maintained their superb late-season form to defeat top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Unbeaten in 17 matches since the start of the US Open, Mattek-Sands and Safarova extended their run with a 6-3, 7-5 win.
"It's unbelievable, today was a really tough match again, but we were positive, played our game and went out there having fun," Safarova said.
The No.3 seeds started slowly, dropping serve in the opening game, but did not dwell on this disappointment, restoring parity immediately before breaking Mladenovic decisively in the penultimate game. Any thoughts that the French pair would lie down after this disappointment were dispelled by a flying start to the second set.
Some delightful net play earned an early opportunity on Mattek-Sands' serve, Mladenovic jumping over an inviting serve to move 3-1 ahead. They stretched this lead, but were unable to add the finishing touch, first Safarova, then Mattek-Sands fending off set points at the net.
They would not get a third chance, as the American-Czech duo rattled off a fifth straight game to take their place in the final.
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"I just like to cover as much net as I can. I mean, I have a great partner who's covering everything behind me and anything that goes over me," Mattek-Sands added. "Lucie came up with the volley of the set in that last game."
The result also takes Mattek-Sands one step closer to dethroning Sania Mirza as doubles No.1. However, to do so she will need to lift the title and hope Mirza and Martina Hingis lose the second semifinal, against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.