March 22, 2023

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Cincinnati Tournament | The third final in three weeks for Dabrowski and Stephanie

Cincinnati Tournament |  The third final in three weeks for Dabrowski and Stephanie

(Mason) Ashley Barty of Australia defeated Czech Barbora Krezzkova 6-2, 6-4 in the Grand Slam Championships on Friday to advance to the Open Four Western & Southern.

Barty, who was the tournament favorite and champion at Wimbledon last month, will make her sixth semi-final of the year.

She needed just 71 minutes to beat ninth seed and champion Krezzkova at Roland Garros in June.

Barty trailed 2-4 in the second inning, but won the next four games to beat his opponent.

In the next round, Barty will face Angelique Kerber of Germany. The latter had a 6-4, 3-3 lead over Petra Kvitova when they were Czech and 11E The seed fell.

Kerber has won 14 of his last 15 matches. His only defeat in that streak came at the expense of Barty in the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

In the evening, her surprising journey continued when Switzerland’s Jill Teachman showed compatriot Belinda Bensik (No. 10) in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.

Before eliminating Bensik, Teachman defeated Naomi Osaka of Japan in the third round. She now faces Czech Carolina Pliskova (No. 5).

Pliskova trailed 4-0 in the first set when the valves opened at the expense of Spain’s Paula Badosa.

Pliskova, who eventually won the first set 7-5 in 66 minutes, took advantage of Badosa’s retirement to advance to the next round. She had a 2-0 lead when the Spaniard retired.

Dabrowski: The sequence continues

Photo by Aaron Doster, Archives Associated Press

Louisa Stephanie and Gabriela Dabrowski

In the women’s doubles, Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Brazilian Louisa Stephanie reached the third final several weeks later, beating Krezzkova and her compatriot Katerina Sinikova 7-5, 3-6 (10-7). Afternoon.

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Facing the second seed of the tournament, sixth-ranked Dabrowski and Stephanie eliminated a 1-4 deficit in the decisive tiebreaker. Sinikova confirmed the success of Wally Dabrowski and Stephanie, who came into the net from the forehand.

Playing only the fourth tournament together, Dabrowski and Stephanie reached the final at every opportunity. Last Sunday, they won the title in Montreal a week after losing in the final in San Jose.

Since the beginning of August, Dabrowski and Stephanie have been 12-1 and have now won nine consecutive games.

In Sunday ‘s final, they will face Australian Samantha Stosur and Chinese Shui Jang, who will defeat American Nicole Melichar and Dutch Demi Shores 6-3, 6-7 (5) (10-4).