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Mertens/Sabalenka 5 33.33%
Hsieh/Strycova 7 46.67%
Babos/Mladenovic 2 13.33%
Other 1 6.67%
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WWW: 2019 WTA Doubles Team of the Year

Last year was won by Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova.

Krejcikova/Siniakova had 6,815 points going in WTA Finals with 2 titles, both grand slams (Roland Garros/Wimbledon). The other two slams were won by Babos/Mladenovic and Barty/Vandeweghe. The only team that did not win a grand slam but was also mentioned in the candidacy was Mertens/Schuurs (won three titles together including 1 Premier 5 at Wuhan).

This year seems to be a bit more scrambled. I believe the following three teams will be nominated, not sure if WTA will include a fourth team.

Candidate 1: Elise Mertens/Aryna Sabalenka
- Accumulated 6,057 points together
- Won 3 titles together (1 GS/2 PM)
- Overall YTD performance: 29-8
- H2H against 2019 WTA final qualifiers: 8-3

Candidate 2: Hsieh Su-Wei/Barbora Strycova
- Accumulated 5,490 points together
- Won 4 titles together (1 GS/1 PM/1 P5/1 P700)
- Overall YTD performance: 28-8
- H2H against 2019 WTA final qualifiers: 10-2

Hsieh/Strycova partnership began during Middle East swing.

Candidate 3: Timea Babos/Kristina Mladenovic
- Accumulated 5,211 points together
- Won 2 titles together (1 GS/1 INT)
- Overall YTD performance: 23-8
- H2H against 2019 WTA final qualifiers: 6-3

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- Agree to disagree, don't hold grudges for someone else

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Re: WWW: 2019 WTA Doubles Team of the Year

Elise Mertens/Aryna Sabalenka are frontrunners for now, but YEC would decide who gets crowned as the best team.
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Re: WWW: 2019 WTA Doubles Team of the Year

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Elise Mertens/Aryna Sabalenka are frontrunners for now, but YEC would decide who gets crowned as the best team.
WTA actually announces the awards before the finals are played, so results at Shenzhen bears no effect.

They could definitely make a change this year, though.

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Re: WWW: 2019 WTA Doubles Team of the Year

I think Hsieh/Strycova's year has been a bit more impressive just because they won big titles on every surface, and have beaten every other relevant team with the best W/L record. They didn't even play the AO together and still have been kind of *THE* team of the year.

However I think Elise/Aryna will win it. They got a lot of media attention for winning the Sunshine Double, and the WTA seem to like promoting them generally as players (in both singles and doubles). They're an exciting team to watch and as of right now have the most match wins this year (if not titles).

Either of the two teams would deserve it IMO.
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Mertens/Sabalenka had a pretty easy draw at the US Open, Hsieh/Strycova had to take out three top teams to win Wimbledon.
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Mertens/Sabalenka had a pretty easy draw at the US Open, Hsieh/Strycova had to take out three top teams to win Wimbledon.
Speaking of grand slam draw to title:

Australian Open
- Stosur/Zhang 12-1

R64 d. Kuzmova/Rybarikova 76 62
R32 d. 8 Hsieh/Spears 76 62
R16 d. Cornet/Martic 75 63
QF d. 1 Krejcikova/Siniakova 76 76
SF d. Strycova/Vondrousova 75 46 75
F d. 2 Babos/Mladenovic 63 64

Roland Garros
- 2 Babos/Mladenovic 12-2

R64 d. Jiang/Wang Q 62 62
R32 d. Cornet/Martic 75 61
R16 d. Friedsam/Siegemund 46 63 63
QF d. 5 Stosur/Zhang 36 61 76
SF d. 6 Mertens/Sabalenka 62 61
F d. Duan/Zheng 62 63

Wimbledon
- 3 Hsieh/Strycova 12-0

R64 d. Barthel/Knoll 62 61
R32 d. Alexandrova/Golubic 62 62
R16 d. 15 Begu/Niculescu 63 64
QF d. 6 Mertens/Sabalenka 64 62
SF d. 1 Babos/Mladenovic 76 64
F d. 4 Dabrowski/Xu 62 64

US Open
- 4 Mertens/Sabalenka 12-1

R64 d. Blinkova/Wang Y 63 64
R32 d. Muchova/Teichmann 76 63
R16 d. Golubic/Sorribes Tormo 63 75
QF d. 12 Duan/Zheng 64 63
SF d. Dolehide/King 46 63 64
F d. 8 Azarenka/Barty 75 75

I guess WTA will put Stosur/Zhang there as the fourth team.

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I think Hsieh/Strycova's year has been a bit more impressive just because they won big titles on every surface, and have beaten every other relevant team with the best W/L record. They didn't even play the AO together and still have been kind of *THE* team of the year.

However I think Elise/Aryna will win it. They got a lot of media attention for winning the Sunshine Double, and the WTA seem to like promoting them generally as players (in both singles and doubles). They're an exciting team to watch and as of right now have the most match wins this year (if not titles).

Either of the two teams would deserve it IMO.
Mertens/Sabalenka winning the biggest events in the US definitely got the exposure. Hsieh/Strycova had more titles and better H2H against the top teams but in general the performance is not that consistent. Babos/Mladenovic simply didn't play enough tournaments as Babos is still going for singles, else they performed well for the number of events played.
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