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:
- Stosur/Zhang 12-1
R64 d. Kuzmova/Rybarikova 76 62
R32 d. 8 Hsieh/Spears
R16 d. Cornet/Martic 75 63
QF d. 1 Krejcikova/Siniakova
SF d. Strycova/Vondrousova 75 46 75
F d. 2 Babos/Mladenovic
- 2 Babos/Mladenovic
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
F d. Duan/Zheng 62 63
- 3 Hsieh/Strycova
R64 d. Barthel/Knoll 62 61
R32 d. Alexandrova/Golubic 62 62
R16 d. 15 Begu/Niculescu
QF d. 6 Mertens/Sabalenka
SF d. 1 Babos/Mladenovic
F d. 4 Dabrowski/Xu
- 4 Mertens/Sabalenka
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
SF d. Dolehide/King 46 63 64
F d. 8 Azarenka/Barty
I guess WTA will put Stosur/Zhang there as the fourth team.
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.