Kazakh-Australian Women’s Doubles Team Reaches French Open Final, Loses in Three Set Match

The Kazakh-Aussie duo of Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua, ranked fifth in the world for doubles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), reached the June 7 French Open doubles final, but lost to a Czech-American duo in three sets.Shvedova2

After winning the first set, Shvedova-Dellacqua gave up the next two (3:6, 6:4, 6:2) to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

“[Reaching the] Final of [Roland Garros] is also a good result! Thanks to [Casey Dellacqua] for great weeks. We will get it next time and thanks to our team and [everyone] who support us and believe in us!” Shvedova wrote in her Instagram account after the match.

Doubles winner and tournament singles runner-up Safarova said after the match, “I was a little bit sad, but it was exciting for me to be here in the final,” according to www.espn.go.com. “I was very pumped to at least get one title out of those two. I’m really happy it happened.” Safarova lost to Serena Williams of the U.S. in the singles final on June 6. Williams secured her 20th Grand Slam title despite the flu struggle the day before.

Earlier in May the Shvedova-Dellacqua duo won the Spanish Open.

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