A Guide to the Doubles Finals

Doubles play takes over the Grandstand on Sunday for the men’s and women’s finals. Here’s what to watch for as two former Cincinnati champions and six players who have won Grand Slam titles take the court:  

A LOOK INSIDE THE WOMEN’S FINAL

The No. 1 ranked team will be on Grandstand for the women’s final, but on opposite sides of the net this time. In their first WTA tour event since announcing their split earlier this month, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached the Cincinnati final with different partners. 

Mirza and Barbora Strycova teamed up for a 6-2, 7-5 semifinal victory over defending champion sisters Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei. 

Hingis and CoCo Vanderweghe, who had received walkovers in their first two matches, finally took to the court in the semifinals for their first match together. The defeated fifth-seeded Karlina Pliskova and Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-4. 

During their top-ranked run together, Mirza and Hingis won 14 titles, including the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open titles in 2015. This year, they had captured just one title since February. At one point, they had a 41-match winning streak. 

Two Rio Olympic medalists will be on court for this one. Hingis took home silve and Strycova earned bronze in women's doubles. 

CINCY SPECIFICS: Mirza holds two distinctions among the final four players on court. She is a former champion, having won the title in 2007 with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. She has the most doubles wins in the history of the Cincinnati doubles event (17) and is the seventh woman to reach multiple Cincinnati finals.  

A LOOK INSIDE THE MEN’S FINAL

Winners in Toronto two weeks ago, the fourth-seeded team of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo will chase back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 finals when they play fifth-seeded Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the men’s doubles final Sunday.

Dodig and Melo defeated the sixth-seeded Canadian team of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals to advance. Nestor was the Cincinnati defending champion with Edouard Roger-Vasselin. 

Rojer and Tecau reached the finals with a 6-3, 7-6(5) evening victory over the five-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. 

As a team, Dodig and Melo have captured five titles since 2013, including the 2015 French Open and three Masters 1000 titles (2016 Canada, 2015 Paris, 2013 Shanghai). 

Rojer and Tecau have been playing together since 2014 and have won 12 ATP titles, including Wimbledon and the ATP World Tour Finals last year. They already have one Masters 1000 title this year, winning in Madrid on clay. 

A Rio fact? Tecau was an Olympic silver medalist in men’s doubles last week with fellow Romanian Florin Mergea. 

CINCY SPECIFICS: Tecau is going for his second career title in Cincinnati. He was the 2012 champion with Robert Lindstedt. That year, he also scored a semifinal win against the Bryan brothers on the way to the final. 

 

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