TennisElise Mertens (25) and Su Wei Hsieh (35) start Thursday in the WTA Doubles Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is where the eight best duos of the season come together.
Mertens (WTA 4 doubles) and Hsieh (WTA 1 doubles) are the third seed. The draw was placed in the same group with Czech Barbora Krejsikova (WTA doubles 3) and Katerina Siniakova (WTA doubles 2), together as the top seed in Mexico. Krizhikova and Sinyakova also won the Olympic doubles champions in Tokyo this summer.
The other duo in the ‘El Tajin’ group are Chile-American alongside Alexa Guarachi (WTA 14 doubles) / Desirae Krawczyk (WTA 21 doubles), together in the sixth seed, and Canadian-Mexican duo Sharon Fishman (WTA 26 doubles) / Juliana Olmos (WTA). 23 double) eighth seed.
The second group, called Tenochtitlán, is led by Japanese duo Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, who finished second. They will compete against Dutchman Demi Schurz and American Nicole Melischar Martinez, the fourth seed, the Chinese-Australian alongside fifth seed Samantha Stosur/Zhang Shuai, and Croatian pair Darija Jurac/Andrea Klebak, seventh. seed.
The best duo from each group advances to the semi-finals. Mertens, 25, and Hsieh, 35, won the Wimbledon and Indian Wells doubles titles this year, in their first year together as a duo. Mertens also won the Australian Open alongside Aryna Sabalenka.
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