Gabriela Dabrowski reaches 2019 Wimbledon women’s doubles final

Gabriela Dabrowski (Wikimedia Commons)

Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa, Ontario reached the 2019 women’s doubles final of Wimbledon on Sunday. Dabrowski, and her partner, Yifan Xu of China were seeded fourth, and lost out to the third seeds Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and six minutes.

In the women’s doubles final, Dabrowski struggled with her serve. In each set, Strycova and Hsieh generated won a game while Dabrowski was serving.

Dabrowski and Xu reached the finals by beating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia and Fanny Stollar of Hungary 6-1, 6-3 in the first round, Kateryna Kozlova of the Czech Republic and Arina Rodionova of Australia 6-2, 6-1 in the second round, the 13th seeds from China (Yingying Duan and Saisai Zheng) 7-5, 6-3 in the third round, Danielle Collins and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and the second ranked team from the Czech Republic (Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova) of the Czech Republic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.

It was an outstanding Wimbledon for Strycova. In addition to winning the women’s doubles, she reached the semifinals in singles as an unranked player before losing to the 11th ranked Serena Williams of the United States 6-1, 6-2. Along the way, Strycova beat four seeded players. They were the 32nd ranked Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, fourth seed and 2016 French Open semifinalist Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-1 in the third round, 21st ranked and 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Elise Mertens of Belgium 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the fourth round and 19th ranked and three-time grand slam semifinalist Johanna Konta of Great Britain 7-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Hsieh was ranked 28th in women’s singles action at Wimbledon and reached the third round. Along the way, she beat the 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-2, 6-2 in the first round and then the 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 7-6, 6-3 in the second round before losing to the 2016 United States Open finalist and third ranked Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in the third round.

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