The first week of grass-court tennis is in the books. Doubles Take looks back and previews the week ahead on the road to Wimbledon.
A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER
Playing in her second career singles final—and first in nearly five years—in Nottingham, Beatriz Haddad Maia topped Alison Riske in three sets for her first tournament triumph.
As peak as an experience as that was, the Brazilian wasn’t done yet. And surely, you know where this is going—after all, it is Doubles Take.
Teaming up with Zhang Shuai, the top seeds defeated Caroline Dolehide and Monica Niculescu, the fourth seeds, in straight sets in the final. It was their third straight-sets win in four matches over the course of the week, with their tightest victory coming in the quarters against the veterans Latisha Chan and Samantha Stosur in a deciding tiebreak. Zhang came out in the battle of familiar faces in that one, as she and Stosur have won two Grand Slam titles together.
2022 to date has already been a career year for Haddad Maia, who reached her first Grand Slam final in Melbourne with Anna Danilina. She now has four doubles titles under her belt, while Zhang claimed her 12th.