Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina weren’t the favorites to be proclaimed doubles champions this Saturday at Wimbledon, but the Russians were about to break the forecasts that gave as victors toTaiwanese Su-Wei Hsieh and Belgian Elise Mertens, seeded number three, that finally won the title in a grand final by coming back and winning by 3-6, 7-5 and 9-7 in two and a half hours. They thus achieved their first trophy together.
They were a duo destined for success, because both were already majors winners. Hsieh had already triumphed twice at the All England Club, with the Chinese Peng in 2013 and with the Czech Strycova in 2019. She also won Roland Garros in 2014 with Peng. Accumulate a total of 29 trophies. While Mertens, who has 13, was champion at the 2019 US Open and this year at the Australian OpenIn both cases, with his usual partner, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who decided not to play the doubles tournament at Wimbledon this year. In addition, he will be number one in the world in doubles again next Monday.
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The losers had a couple of golden chances to win, in the second set when they served with 5-4 and in the third, when doing so with 7-6 in favor. But they ended up suffering a lot, especially Kudermetova, on whom the rivals blatantly charged the game. Hsieh and Mertens missed very little (just six unforced errors) and were most accurate in the hot moments.