May 18, 2022

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National Bank Omnium | Dubrovsky and Stephanie will be in the doubles final

National Bank Omnium |  Dubrovsky and Stephanie will be in the doubles final

(Montreal) For the second weekend in a row, Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Brazilian Louisa Stephanie advanced to the WTA doubles tournament final.

By Michelle Lamarche
Canadian Press

For the second weekend in a row, Croatia’s Darija Jurak and Slovenian Andreja Klepak advanced to the final of the WTA doubles tournament.

The equation is simple: Sunday will be the second leg of the National Bank Tennis Open. It will be performed after the singles final between Carolina Pliskova and Camila Giorgi, which will begin at 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday night, Dabrowski and Stephanie are playing only their third tournament together, earning their ticket to the women’s doubles final after a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Russia’s Veronica Kudermetova and Kazakh Elena Rybakina.

A few hours earlier, sixth seed Jurak and Klepak had taken measurements of the duo of Polish Magda Lynette and American Bernarda Pera in both sets 7-5 and 6-4.

In the final in San Jose last Sunday, Jurak and Klepak defeated Dabrowski and Stephanie 6-1, 7-5 in 72 minutes. So we can talk about a remake, but this word does not sound well in Canadian ears.

“I’m so happy to face them again, but I do not see it as a remake. I actually found it. [ce mot] Brings a little negative flavor, ”said Dabrowski, who qualified by videoconference.

“I’m more excited to see if I can put into practice what I learned in last week’s final and see if it works well this week. Hope it works, but we’ll find out tomorrow [dimanche]. ⁇

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What is clear from Dabrowski’s comments is that Jurak and Klepak are a well – established duo.

“They’ve been playing together for a few months. They have this advantage, they ‘played a lot of games together and recorded some good wins. There is, ”said Dabrowski, 29.

In Montreal, the fifth seed, Dabrowski and Stephanie participated in the first tournament together in October 2020 in the Czech Republic.

They reached the final, but lost to Arina Sabalenka and Ellis Mertens, the same two players they beat on Friday to reach the semi-finals.

For their part, Jurak and Klepak, who have yet to reach the round this week, will be in the fourth final in 2021.

After losing on clay in Parma, Italy in May, they also won the tournament in June in Bad Homburg, Germany.