Gabriela Dabrowski reaches mixed doubles final at 2019 French Open

Gabriela Dabrowski (Wikimedia Commons)

Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa, Ontario is in the final of mixed doubles at the 2019 French Open. On Thursday, Dabrowski and Mate Pavic of Croatia, the second seeds, beat the unseeded pair of Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan 6-7, 6-1, [10-8] in the mixed doubles semifinals. Dabrowski and Pavic will now play another unseeded pair in Latisha Chan of Taiwan and Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the mixed doubles final on Friday.

In the first round, Dabrowski and Pavic beat Kaitlyn Christian of the United States and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark 6-4, 7-6. In the second round, Dabrowski and Pavic beat Raluca Olaru of Romania and Franko Skugor of Croatia 7-6, 6-2. Then in the quarterfinals, Dabrowski and Pavic beat the fifth ranked team of Shuai Zhang of China and John Peers of Australia 1-6, 7-5, [10-8].

Dabrowski has won two grand slams in mixed doubles before. She won the 2017 French Open with Rohan Bopanna of India. Dabrowski and Bopanna beat Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-2, 12-10. Then at the 2018 Australian Open, Dabrowski and Pavic beat Timea Babos of Hungary and Bopanna 2-6, 6-4, [11-9].

Dabrowski and Pavic also reached the 2018 French Open mixed doubles final. However they lost 6-1, 6-7, [10-8] to Chan and Dodig. It is interesting that Chan and Dodig are unseeded even though they are the defending champions.

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