MATCH REPORT | 2023 WTA FINALS Doubles: Laura SIEGEMUND and Vera ZVONAREVA claim the title after a tremendous victory over Nicole MELICHAR and Ellen PEREZ

Monday, 06 November 2023 at 21:21
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Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva secured the doubles championship at the WTA Finals by defeating Nicole Melichar Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-4, 6-4 in a thrilling match.
An exciting showdown took place in the doubles final of the WTA Finals. It featured the 6th-seeded pair of Siegemund and Zvonareva against the 8th-seeded duo of Melichar and Perez. The latter pair had come close to missing out on the Finals, barely securing their spot just days before the tournament by a margin of only 15 points over the duo of Leylah Fernandez and Taylor Townsend.
Siegemund and Zvonareva took the early advantage with a break in the third game, which proved enough to maintain the lead through their service games throughout the set. Despite both pairs having several break opportunities, they couldn't convert, and the set ended 6-4 in favor of Siegemund and Zvonareva.
In the second set, they once again went ahead with a break in the third game, but Melichar and Perez mounted a comeback by breaking back. However, in the following game, Zvonareva and Siegemund seized the momentum with another break.
With a 4-2 lead, they didn't give their opponents any chances to break back, eventually holding their serves to close out the match 6-4, 6-4.
This victory will allow the 35-year-old veteran Laura Siegemund to achieve her career-best doubles ranking position, now ranked as world No. 5. As for her 39-year-old partner, she will equal her career-high ranking of world No. 9 in doubles.
The Russian-German duo secured their third title of the season and their sixth title playing together, including the 2020 US Open, where one of their opponents was Melichar, although she was partnered with China's Xu Yifan at that time.

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