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Amazing final! So even the whole way through, championship points saved, everything. Barty and Bertens ave amazing chemistry considering they’ve never played together before.

The first set was super close (they only won 1 more point overall), Ash almost perfect at the net and still finding ways into the rally when the other team were targeting Bertens (at their coaches’ advice). Bertens’ serve was a bit up and down today, a fair few DFs, but her reflexes were super strong in set two and she barely missed an overhead all match long. Great inside out forehand.

Strycova was a mess all week, keeps doing that thing where she moves too quickly and too soon, leaving big gaps (a lot of unnecessary crossing). Erratic with her errors and hogging the court too (screaming “YOUUU!!” at Hsieh well after she herself already should have hit it ? ? ). But her competitive energy and problem solving during the changeovers helped pull them through the tougher moments towards the end of the match and her crosses finally started to work more in the tiebreaks.
 

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So Bertens messed up almost every vital point...
Best bit was S_W winning match point...and the screeching red-faced gammon women in the crowd not realising they'd won!
 

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Barty/Bertens has potential as a pairing. It's a shame they lost but Hsieh/Strycova is not a bad pair to lose to.
 
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Hseih basically outhit Barty and Bertens from the baseline for most of the match while Strycova flailed around at the net, mostly ineffectually! Bertens isn’t the greatest doubles player - her reflexes at the net weren’t great, and her serve seems to have become much less of the weapon it was when she was rising up the ranking. Good overhead though. Barty was the more skilled of their team, but she isn’t a dominating personality. Babs bossed their team despite playing pretty horribly most of the time! She’s always entertaining to watch, and the more experienced pair showed that doubles experience when the match came to the crunch.
I was lucky enough to see a bit of Hsieh live at Wimbledon this year. The woman is so skinny I have no idea where she gets her power! Timing i guess. She was the standout player of the match.
Very entertaining match and brilliant to see a packed stadium. Brisbane crowds have been terrific all week for the WTA matches.
 

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Congrats, Hsieh/Strycova! :D

Especially sooo happy for Barbie :)
 

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