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Doubles Final Preview: Russian duo could become first to win consecutive doubles titles

Aug 12, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada

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written by: Tennis Canada

Russian doubles partners Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova are looking to make history. The duo has the chance to become the first to win back-to-back Rogers Cup doubles titles in the Open Era.

The ‘dynamic duo’ returns to the finals in convincing fashion as they have not dropped a set at Rogers Cup dating back to 2015! Their finals victory in 2016 came against Romania’s Monica Niculescu and Simona Halep. Halep had already clinched the singles crown and was looking to become the first player since Martina Hingis in 2000 to win both titles in the same year. However, the Russian duo was able to outlast the Romanian side taking the match 6-3, 7-6 (5).

The last player to win consecutive doubles titles was tennis legend Martina Navratilova. Navratilova accomplished the feat with two different doubles partners, Anna-Lena Gröenefeld in 2005 and Nadia Petrova in 2006.

Germany’s Gröenefeld will be attempting to win her second career Rogers Cup title, this time paired up with Czech player Květa Peschke. They ousted Czech duo Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in the semifinal to advance to their first Rogers Cup final as a pair.

Kveta Peschke(CZE) in Rogers Cup ladies doubles tennis semi-final match at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, Ontario on August 12, 2017.(Photo by Peter Power)

The No. 8 seed Peschke and Groenefeld will hope to upset the heavily favoured No. 1 Vesnina and Makarova. The two squads will go head to head on Centre Court after the singles final has been completed.