SINGAPORE - Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova made a winning start to their debut campaign at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, knocking out Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke in straight sets.
After a dominant first set, the Czech duo faced strong opposition but still got it done in two, sealing their 6-1, 6-4 victory in an hour and 21 minutes to book a place into the semifinals.
“We’re feeling very happy. It’s very hard after a long time of not playing together to team up again,” Krejcikova told wtatennis.com after the victory. “I think we did a good job today. We played really well in the first set, the second set was a little bit of a struggle. But also, our opponents played at a higher level then. We’re very happy to be here in the semifinals now.”
The pair’s only previous meeting came on the lawns of Wimbledon, where Krejcikova and Siniakova defeated Melichar and Peschke in a rollercoaster, triumphing 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
That win sealed the Czech duo’s second consecutive Grand Slam win after the French Open, a feat that earned them the honor of 2018 WTA Doubles Team of the Year. The pair were presented with the recognition on Monday in Singapore, the same day the pair ascended the rankings to become co-World No.1s.
In their rematch with Melichar and Peschke, Krejcikova and Siniakova proved why they are at the top of the doubles game, dominating the first set with back to back breaks as they built up a 5-0 lead. Melichar and Peschke weren’t able to get going or put any pressure on the top seeds, succumbing a few games later as the Czechs grabbed the opening set.
But things got a bit more complicated in the second as their Czech-American opponents started mounting a major challenge. Krejcikova and Siniakova were able to start with an early break at 2-1, but had to fight off seven break chances across three different games as Melichar and Peschke dialled up the aggression. Three of those break chances came as Siniakova and Krejcikova were serving for the set - but the Czechs held firm to seal their spot into the semifinals.
“We just tried to be really aggressive and be the first ones at the net,” Siniakova explained. “We tried to push them as best as we can. The beginning was really good - they were struggling so we just took our chances. But we won in the end, and I think it was a great match.”
Up next, they will face their compatriots Barbora Strycova and Andrea Sestini Hlavackova in an all-Czech affair. The No.3 seeds routed Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in straight sets earlier in the day.