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We have experienced four rounds of the 2023 Australian Open women’s doubles; with some interesting results, ranging from huge upsets to entirely one-sided contests. With that in mind, 60 of 64 teams have been knocked out, and we have four semi finalists left. As these teams go head to head, it’ll be interesting to see who will come out on top in these matches.
Krejcikova/Siniakova vs Kostyuk/Ruse
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova to Win in Straight Sets
Marta Kostyuk and Elena Gabriela Ruse have had an impressive run so far; they’ve defeated a couple of tough teams en route to the semi-final, including fourth seeded Hunter/Mertens. However, these players will go up against the best doubles team in the world. Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have been unstoppable over the past year; they are current holders of three of the last four doubles grand slam titles, including last year’s Australian Open title. It’s important to point out that Krejcikova and Siniakova knocked out their last three opponents in straight sets, and we should expect a similar result here.
Under 20.5 Games
We’ve pointed out that Krejcikova and Siniakova won their last three matches in straight sets; it’s also worth mentioning that those were very one-sided contests. As a matter of fact, these players surrendered five games or less in the previous three rounds, with all those matches going under 17.5. Bearing that in mind, we are fairly confident that this match will not go over 20 games.
Aoyama/Shibahara vs Gauff/Pegula
Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara to Win at Least One Set
To be fair, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula have been one of the best doubles pairings in this competition. They are the second seeded team in this tournament, having reached the French Open final last year. However, the Japanese pair of Aoyama and Shibahara have also had their fair share of success in doubles events. As a matter of fact, these two were the fourth best team in the world at some point last year. Furthermore, Aoyama and Shibahara have been on fire lately, winning their last three matches in straight sets. That said, we believe they can take at least one set off the American pair.
Over 21.5 Games
Both teams have been unstoppable in this competition. We’ve pointed out that the Japanese doubles team won their last three matches in straight sets; they are currently on a seven set winning streak. In like manner, the American pair have won seven sets in a row, heading into this match. Considering how well both teams have played, we don’t think this will be a one-sided contest; and that’s why we are going with the over 21.5 games option.
Overview of Australian Open Women’s Doubles Semi Finalists
Unlike the men’s side, this has been a good year for the top seeds. Three of the four teams that reached the semi-final were seeded ahead of this tournament. As a matter of fact, the top two seeds are still in this competition. As a reminder, there are 64 teams in this tournament, and 16 of them are seeded. On that note, these are our semi-finalists:
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (1)
The Czech pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova are the top seeded team for obvious reasons. These two have been by far the best doubles team in the World over the past 12 months, winning three of four grand slams in that stretch.
It’s important to point out that Krejcikova/Siniakova are the defending champions here, having won the title here in Melbourne last year. Also, these two have won six doubles grand slam titles together, including all four grand slams. Bearing that in mind, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova are coming off a straight sets victory over sixth seeded Krawczyk/Schuurs, and they’ll set their sights on yet another grand slam final.
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula (2)
While the pair of Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula haven’t had as much success as the top seeded team, they’ve done fairly well over the past year. These two were one set away from winning the French Open doubles title last year, but ultimately lost in three sets. It’s important to point out that Gauff/Pegula are the second seeded team in this tournament; they’ve beaten their fair share of tough opponents, including 11th seeded Hao-ching Chan and Zhaoxuan Wang. Moreover, this American pair will go up against the 10th seeded team of Aoyama and Shibahara; they’ll fancy their chances against the Japanese pair.
Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara (10)
Next, we have 10th seeded Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara. With a straight sets victory over Dolehide/Kalinskaya, the Japanese pair booked a place in the Australian Open semi-final for the second consecutive year. These two reached the semifinals last year, losing out to Beatriz Haddad Maia and Anna Danilina in three sets. Unlike the other semifinalists, Aoyama/Shibahara haven’t played any seeded teams yet; however, they’ve looked really solid, having won their last seven consecutive sets. As Aoyama and Shibahara go up against the second seeded team, it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll match-up against the Americans.
Marta Kostyuk and Elena Gabriela Ruse
Despite being the only unseeded team in this year’s semifinals, Marta Kostyuk and Elena Gabriela Ruse have had perhaps the most impressive run in this tournament. Kostyuk and Ruse have held their own against a couple of seeded teams. They faced ninth seeded Melichar-Martinez/Perez in the second round, and fourth seeds Hunter/Mertens in the quarter-final, defeating both in three sets. However, Kostyuk and Ruse will contend with the best doubles team in the world on Friday; can they pull off another upset?
FAQs about the Australian Open Women’s Doubles Semifinals
- When will the Australian Open women’s doubles semifinals be played? Both semi-final matches will be played on Friday, 27th January
- On which surface will the Australian Open women’s doubles semi finals take place? These matches will be played on outdoor hard court
- Is it possible to watch AO 2023 men’s doubles in the UK? Of course. All Australian Open matches will be broadcast live on Eurosport, you can also live stream this match on Discovery +.