I watched all today's matches in Tipton.
The doubles results were
Tessy Van De Ven & Suzanne Van Hartingsveldt (NED*2)
BT Leslie Butkiewicz & Patty Van Acker (BEL*2) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
This was a highly impressive win when you consider their respective singles rankings (the Belgians being in the mid 300s,
whilst the higher of the two Dutch girls Van De Ven, is about 670)
Zi Yan & Jie Zheng (CHN*2) BT Anna Hawkins & Jane O'Donoghue
3-6, 6-2, 6-1
It took the Chinese girls rather a long time to get into their stride, but once they did, they looked inevitable winners.
Concerning the singles matches, like last week N.N Liu thoroughly outclassed Patty Van Acker. Although straight sets, the other match could have easily gone either way. Sofia Arvidsson shouldn't be disappointed with her performance.
Meanwhile, I'm sure Ekaterina will be ecstatic at getting through to this final, and she has a chance of beating N.N Liu, especially if her serve is as powerful as it was at times today.
No, I wasn't at the finals today. It's a long way from Chelmsford by train especially on Sunday, when they put every conceivable bit of engineering work on.
Fortunately next week's tournament is at Redbridge, much closer!!! Their qualifying draw should be out later today. Incidentally for any people attending, go to Fairlop tube station on the Central line (about 50 metres walk) NOT Redbridge.
Van De Ven and Van Hartingsveldt, I'll just look at the latest rankings:
Van De Ven - 675 (Dutch no. 15)
Van Hartingsveldt - 879 (Dutch no. 19)
players have a singles ranking and a doubles ranking!! VD Ven & V Hartingsveldt are both ranked 454th in DOUBLES.
They have both played 8 tournaments, so I guess they're full-time partners (in tennis..).
Yes I know they have doubles rankings too, but I take little notice of them since most players (even really highly ranked doubles players such as Ai Sugiyama) change doubles partners so often.
E.g the Chinese girls, this week it was Zheng and Yan (doubles ranking 558) winning, last week it was Zheng and Sun (doubles ranking 505). So, IMHO a better guide to a partnership are the players singles rankings (unless you're talking about players who only play doubles like Rennae Stubbs, Lori McNeil or Nicole Arendt)