Another Grand Slam is in the books: Doubles Take looks back and previews this week’s action.
Let's bid a final farewell to what many consider the grandest Slam of them all, Wimbledon.
CZECH MATE, ONCE AGAIN
The five-year plan continues to work for Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova.
In 2013, the young Czechs won the French Open girls’ doubles title and followed it up five years later with a win at the main event. What’s good enough for Paris must be good enough for London, right?
The pair repeated that feat at Wimbledon as they defeated Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar in the final. With the win, they became the first team to win the girls’ and women’s doubles title at the All England Club.
It’ll be interesting to see how the 2013 U.S. Open girls’ doubles champs fare in New York this year. If the French and Wimbledon are any indication, odds are they’ll do all right.
After a couple of losses with different partners when his brother went down with a hip injury, Mike Bryan expressed some doubt about continuing on without Bob by his side.
It’s a good thing he decided to play on.
Mike and Jack Sock won a five-set thriller over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the final, giving Bryan his 17th career men’s doubles title, which ties him for the most all time. Bob, of course, was proud—or was he?
Damn! I was rooting for Klaasen-Venus! Mike, you dirty dog! ???????? You definitely have bragging rights for a while. Huge congrats, fellas. ???? Amazing stuff! @JackSock @Bryanbrothers #bastard https://t.co/cjgZ1jA0gF— Bob Bryan (@Bryanbros) July 14, 2018
For Sock, it’s his second Wimbledon doubles title and fourth triumph of 2018.
Going into this year’s tournament, Alexander Peya had won 17 doubles titles in his career and been ranked as high as 3 in the world. However, the veteran from Austria had never won a Grand Slam title, after reaching two finals in his 20-year career.
After the final match of the tournament, he can now call himself a Wimbledon champion.
Peya and his partner, Melichar—shaking off her loss in the women’s doubles final the day before—won the mixed doubles title over Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka in straight sets. The duo eked out a 9-7 third-set win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Andrea Hlavackova in the third round, then received a walkover in their quarterfinal match—providing the perfect opportunity to recover. From there, they got through their last two matches in a rather straightforward fashion.
Surely for Peya, there’s newfound appreciation for the phrase, “good things come to those who wait.”
A LOOK AHEAD
The tours aren’t done with the clay yet—or the grass, for that matter. The women have two events on tap this week, both on the dirt. In Bucharest, Romania, local favorites Mihaela Buzarnescu and Raluca Olaru are the top seeds and already through to the quarterfinals after a straight-sets first-round win. Aussies Monique Adamczak and Jessica Moore are the second seeds. At the Ladies Championship Gstaad, the draw is topped Xenia Knoll and Veronika Kudermetova, while Kaitlyn Christian and Giuliana Olmos are the second seeds. The third-seeded pairing of Eugenie Bouchard and Johanna Larsson is already out.
The ATP has two clay-court tournaments happening this week. At the Swedish Open in Bastad, top seeds Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald are off to a good start as they try to win their third title of the year. So are Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos, the second seeds, who, like Mirnyi and Oswald, won their opener. In Umag, Croatia, Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor—fresh off their semifinal run at Wimbledon—are the top seeds and will look to continue their torrid pace in 2018. Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop headline the bottom half of the draw.
The Hall of Fame Open, the last grass-court tournament of the year, takes place in Newport, R.I. Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith are the top seeds, followed by Divij Sharan and Jackson Withrow. Lleyton Hewitt’s second coming as a doubles specialist continues, as he’ll be playing with fellow Australian Jordan Thompson.
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