Playing their first final together in five years, Peng and Zhang couldn’t hold off their younger countrywomen from the statement-making win.
The WTA calendar is full once again with three tournaments this week. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar, the No. 3 seeds, will be going for their second title in as many weeks. The draw is headlined by Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Demi Schuurs, who’ve made multiple finals but have yet to win a title this year. The Chan sisters, Hao-Ching and Latisha, are seeded No. 2.
Australian Open champions Shuai Zhang and Samantha Stosur are the top seeds at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open in China. Over at the Korea Open in Seoul, Kirsten Flipkens and Jelena Ostapenko are already out: The No. 1 seeds fell to Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani in their opener.
The men are back in action after a week off. The Moselle Open in France features home favorites and Wimbledon finalists Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin atop the draw. The second seeds, Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan, lost to McLachlan’s sometimes partner Jan-Lennard Struff and Robert Lindstedt in the first round. Familiarity can catch up to you, it seems.
At the other ATP stop in St. Petersburg, Russia, Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor won their opener as they seek their second title of the year. Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who’ve been on fire post-Wimbledon, are already through to the quarters.
Also, the weekend will see Team World take on Team Europe at the third annual Laver Cup, which is always good for a dream pairing or two.
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