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What a WTA Finals!  Unexpected development select the title

What a WTA Finals! Unexpected development select the title

The decider matches for the prestigious 2022 WTA Finals were held in Fort Worth on Monday. In the doubles final, Wironika Kudermitwa and Elise Mertens had a surprise, defeating nominees Barbara Krejsikova and Katerina Siniakova.

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Veronika Kudermova and Elise Mertens

Getty Images / Tom Pennington / Pictured: Weronika Kudermetowa and Elise Mertens

A pair reached the doubles final, which had a 4-0 tally in the 2022 WTA Finals. The two favorites were top-ranked Barbora Krejsikova and Katrina Siniakova, who wanted to repeat last year’s success from Guadalajara. Weronika Kudermetowa and Elise Mertens stood in their way, and grew stronger with each match at the Dickies Arena, which heralded a great spectacle on Monday.

The start of the meeting was impressive in the performance of the Russian-Belgian duo. Krejcikova lost the service in the first match, and then Siniakova joined her. Czech women had twice as many non-forced errors as terminal strokes (4-9). In Kudermetowa and Mertens the situation was the opposite (11-5), which is why the pair marked with the fourth number very quickly gained preference. She finished the opening game in the eighth inning with the second ball.

At the beginning of the second half of the meeting, it probably seemed that the situation was about to turn. Krejcikova and Siniakova improved on the replay and patiently waited for their chances. Kudermova and Mertens remained calm. In the fourth game, the Belgian saved the servants and the sixth Rossi. In third place, roles are played. It was the Czech woman who found herself in trouble with Senyakova’s administration. Krejcikova could not stand the pressure and gave her opponents a break with a broken shot.

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Representatives of our southern neighbors were losing 3:4 and there were two matches of defeat. But their reaction was worthy of great heroes. Krichikova and Sinyakova made some great substitutions to make up for the break with a Mertens pass. After a while they regained the lead and the opponents found themselves facing the wall in the second set. Kudermetowa served in the tenth match. Czech women quickly developed four stationary balls. The first Russian woman could not stand the pressure and made a double mistake.

Since there was a tie after two sets, the match and title were decided in the tiebreak. It was a great start in the performance of the candidates. After two shots by Siniakova the score was 4-1. Kudermetov and Mertens seemed lost. The Belgian gave the competitors the fifth point with a double fault, and after a while she managed to pass Krejcikova and the score was already 7-2.

Then an unexpected twist occurred! The Czechs lost six consecutive balls and were under pressure. Kudermetowa and Mertens developed the championship ball, but at an important moment the Russian threw it a backhand. After changing teams, the Russian-Belgian couple had a second chance to close the match and then helped Kryzhikov, who broke the ball.

After an hour and 43 minutes, Kudermetowa and Mertens finally won 6:2, 4:6, 11-9 and became the winners of the WTA Finals 2022. They repaid the Czechs for their defeat in this year’s Australian Open semi-final and trophy was won by Martina Navratilova. It is a huge success for them. They will receive a check for 360,000 PLN. Dollars to split and 1500 ranking points. For a Russian woman, this is the fifth doubles title in the main series, and for a Belgian – 16.

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Krizhikova and Sinyakova suffered their first defeats of the year in the top five events of the season (the Grand Slams and the WTA Finals) and did not repeat last year’s success at the WTA Championships. Despite this, Czech women can be proud of themselves. In the 2022 season, they won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, thanks to which they were again the best duo of the year. In Fort Worth, they won a check for 190,000. Dollars split and 1080 points rating.

WTA FinalsFort Worth (USA)
Tour tournaments, hard courts in the hall, prizes totaling 5 million dollars
Monday 7 November

My husband is final:

Weronika Kudermetowa (4) / Elise Mertens (Belgium, 4) – Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic, 1) / Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic, 1) 6:2, 4:6, 11-9

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