With pros on the ATP and WTA tours essentially jumping into Grand Slam play with only a couple of weeks of competition, at best, it was going to be anyone’s ball game as far as finding a spot in the finals, with both doubles draws reflecting that.
Here’s a preview of the upcoming men’s and women’s championship matches, which will determine the first major victors of the summer. (Seeds in parentheses)
Laura Siegemund/Vera Zvonareva vs. Nicole Melichar/Yifan Xu (3)
The draw was rocked early on when top seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic were forced to withdraw from the tournament due to COVID-19 parameters. Battling through the top half, Melichar and Xu—the third seeds, in their first season playing together—reached the final, which included a third-set tiebreak win against Americans Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend in the semifinals.
Siegemund and Zvonareva, playing with a protected ranking, did some damage of their own, knocking out the defending champions and second seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Elise Mertens in the quarterfinals.