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Doubles semi-finals line-up set in Guadalajara

In the doubles competition at the Akron WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico, the semi-final lineup is complete, with Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova, the top seeds from the Czech Republic, taking on American Nicole Melichar-Martinez & Demi Schuurs from the Netherlands, the 4th seeds, while Shuko Aoyama & Ena Shibahara, the No 2 seeds from Japan, face 3rd-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens and her partner, Su-Wei Hsieh from Chinese Taipei.

Krejcikova & Siniakova remained unbeaten after edging Chile’s Alexa Guarachi & Desirae Krawczyk from the USA in 3 tight sets, 5-7 7-6(3) [10-7] in Group El Tajín on Monday, the last day of round robin competition, while Hsieh & Mertens defeated Canada’s Sharon Fichman & Giuliana Olmos from Mexico, 6-4 7-6(3).

Following Krejcikova & Siniakova’s win in the first match of the day, Fichman & Olmos went into their 3rd night session round robin match needing to win in straight sets, while Hsieh & Mertens required only one set.

Hsieh & Mertens, the Wimbledon champions, made a solid start and led all the way in the first set, twice going up a break, but Hsieh dropped serve twice to open the door for a Fichman & Olmos come-back before Mertens firmly closed out the set to love, sealing it with a service winner.

With the semi-finals now sorted, the second set was redundant in terms of advancement, although Fichman & Olmos battled hard to avoid going 0-3 in their WTA Finals debuts, and the match was packed full of quality all-court points.

In the event, Hsieh & Mertens proved too solid in the tiebreak and another Mertens service winner sealed the deal, and a last-four date with Aoyama & Shibahara.

Earlier, Krejcikova & Siniakova had already guaranteed their semi-final place, but needed the win to assure their top spot in the group, regardless of the second result.

Their opponents, Guarachi & Krawczyk, however, required wins for both themselves and Fichman & Olmos.

The Chilean-American underdogs delivered a sterling effort to edge a tight opening set and come within two points of victory at 5-4 in the second, but Krejcikova & Siniakova brought all their experience to bear by dominating the second-set breaker and keeping their noses in front throughout the ensuing match tiebreak.

The Czech duo will face Melichar-Martinez & Schuurs in the last 4, bidding to reach their second finale at the WTA Finals after being runners-up in 2018.


Top seeds Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova remain unbeaten in Guadalajara after coming from a set down to beat Alexa Guarachi & Desirae Krawczyk on Monday

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