So happy for Dolehide. She seems to finally be making singles strides again too (baby steps I know). The prize money and confidence from this dubs run will do her a world of good! Her serve was so strong.
Just shows how much Hsieh and Strycova stunk to lose to Ostapenko and Kichenok. A very poor effort. No adjustments made. King and Dolehide won because they lobbed, angled and poached. You can't just hit flat ground strokes against Ostapenko.
I am so so pleased to see Vania having this type of success early on in her comeback. She is a truly great doubles player and a genuinely nice person, and if her body holds up and she has a good, steady partner, she could be a presence at the top of women's doubles for many years to come.
Kichenoks played together at San Jose and seem to do that once in a while. Wonder why not permanently? I saw them play in San Jose and still can't tell them apart. They used to play together regularly but guess the results were good enough. They are really hit and miss. They hit the ball hard but their flat shots have little margin of error and create too many unforced errors.
Yesterday, Kuzmova and Sasnovich got crushed by Azarenka/Barty. Shows that Dabrowski and Yu really choked to lose to that team just like Hsieh and Strycova falling to Kichenok and Ostapenko, when then get whipped by King and Dolehide.
Am glad to see Vania, a nice person, doing well after long bout with injuries. Don't expect them to beat Mertens/Sabalanka (but then you never know with the doubles results so far) but hope she and Dolehide can stay a team and do well. Dolehide is showing good improvment with an ITF singles title just last month.