Wimbledon: Top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai reach women’s doubles final

Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai
Elise Mertens (right) has won three major women’s doubles titles, while Zhang Shuai has won two
Venue: All England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
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Top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai will meet Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon on Sunday.

Belgian Mertens, the 2021 champion alongside Hsieh Su-wei, and China’s Zhang won 6-2 3-6 6-3 against Americans Desirae Krawczyk and Danielle Collins.

Second seeds Krejcikova and Siniakova beat Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.

A 6-2 6-2 win kept the 2018 winners on course for a fifth Grand Slam title.

It is the first time since 2015 that the top two seeded pairs have reached the final of the women’s doubles competition at the All England Club.

Mertens and Zhang recovered from dropping the second set to overcome Krawczyk – who retained her mixed doubles title alongside and Britain’s Neal Skupski on Thursday – and Collins.

The top seeds dominated the opening set but they were forced to play a third despite breaking serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set, as their American opponents won five of the following six games.

But in the deciding set, Mertens and Zhang struck in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead and clinched their first match point as they successfully served out the match.

Mertens is a three-time major women’s doubles winner, having also won the 2019 US Open and 2021 Australian Open alongside Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, while Zhang won the 2019 Australian Open and 2021 US Open titles with Australian Samantha Stosur.

Meanwhile, Olympic champions Krejcikova and Siniakova won the Australian Open in January to leave them a US Open title away from completing a career Grand Slam together.

They won five successive games to clinch the first set before closing out the match with another run of four games in a dominant display.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova
Barbora Krejcikova (left) and Katerina Siniakova are two-time French Open champions

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