November 26, 2023

Open Court


Dabrowski to partner Blinkova in Doha



The trial period with for Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and doubles partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands during the Melbourne summer did not produce outstanding results on the court.

And so, for their next tournament in Doha, the two will team up with others.

Dabrowski will play with Russia’s Anna Blinkova, while Mattek-Sands will team up with fellow American Jessica Pegula.

This week in Adelaide, Mattek-Sands played with another American, Asia Muhammad; Dabrowski did not play the event.

Mattek-Sands and Muhammad, seeded No. 4, lost in the first round to Andreja Klepac and Lucie Hradecka.

Few wins in Melbourne

After both went through hard quarantine because of COVID-19 cases on their flight, Mattek-Sands and Dabrowski lost to the pickup team of Daria Gavrilova and Simona Halep in the Gippsland Trophy, 7-6 (4) 2-6 [10-2] after a first-round bye.

At the Australian Open, the new pairing beat Lara Arruabarrena and Kaitlyn Christian in the first round. American teenagers Coco Gauff and Caty McNally then dismissed them 6-1, 6-2.

(Gauff and McNally were … extremely annoying in this match. Very teen-like).

Dabrowski, Mattek-Sands face off in mixed

The two found themelves on opposite sides of the net in the second round of mixed doubles.

Dabrowski teamed up with Mate Pavic, while Mattek-Sands played with Jamie Murray.

It was a brutal early-round match, as both had won Grand Slam titles with their partners.

Mattek-Sands and Murray, the defending finalists in Melbourne, won the 2018 and 2019 US Open mixed doubles together.

Dabrowski and Pavic won the 2018 Australian Open mixed, and reached the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals as a team.

Dabrowski and Pavic won a high-level match 7-6 (4), 5-7, [10-3].

They lost in the next round, the quarterfinals, to eventual champions Barbora Krejickova and Rajeev Ram.

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