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The WTA Finals Doubles 2023 promises to be a spectacular showcase of tennis prowess and doubles synergy, following the exhilarating 2022 edition where Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens claimed well-deserved bragging rights. This year, the highly anticipated tournament will unfold at the Plaza Quintana Roo in the stunning backdrop of Cancun, Mexico, running from October 29th to November 5th.
Beyond the thrill of competition, the stakes have been raised, with a substantial increase in prize money that sets the undefeated pair on a path to claim a remarkable $648,000. As the world’s best doubles teams converge on Cancun, the stage is set for intense rivalry and breathtaking tennis, with contenders vying for both prestige and financial rewards that are greater than ever before.
Let’s delve into the dynamic landscape of doubles contenders, their odds, and predictions for the WTA Finals Doubles 2023.
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula
Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula have showcased a mix of highs and lows throughout their doubles journey. While they reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, their fortunes have been variable. Following a first-round exit in the China Open, it’s evident that consistency is a work in progress. Gauff and Pegula displayed their potential by reaching the semi-finals at both the French Open and the Australian Open, solidifying their position as formidable contenders. Their impressive victories in Doha and the Miami Open underline their ability to rise to the occasion on the big stage.
Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens
Storm Hunter and Elise Mertens have been on a rollercoaster ride in the doubles circuit. Their triumphs at the WTA 1000 Guadalajara Open and the Italian Open showcase their exceptional skills. However, their journey hasn’t been without challenges, with a first-round exit at the US Open. While they were impressed with quarter-final appearances in Cincinnati and the Canada Open, they experienced the heartache of being finalists at Wimbledon and quarter-finalists at the Australian Open. Their resilience and potential make them a pair to watch in any tournament.
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinakova
The formidable duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Sinakova has consistently proved their mettle. With victories at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, San Diego Open, and Birmingham Open, they have tasted considerable success. However, the US Open proved to be a stumbling block, as they could only reach the second round. Despite this setback, their impressive track record positions them as a force to be reckoned with in the world of women’s doubles.
Demi Schuurs and Desirae Krawczyk
Demi Schuurs and Desirae Krawczyk have made a mark with their versatile performances. While their journey at the French Open was limited to the third round, they bounced back impressively on grass, securing the Eastbourne International title but exiting in the second round at Wimbledon. Their notable triumph at the Stuttgart Open and strong showings at other tournaments indicate that they are a resilient pair who can compete at the highest level.
Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara
Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara have emerged as formidable contenders, clinching titles at the Canada Open and Hertogenbosch. They displayed their consistency by reaching the finals at the Australian Open, China Open, Charleston, and being semi-finalists at Indian Wells. Their journey is marked by a strong presence in various tournaments, making them a pair with significant potential in the world of women’s doubles.
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