February 26, 2024

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Doubles divorce as Dabrowski, Stefani go separate ways

We’re not 100 per cent sure what the future holds for the talented doubles team of Gabriela Dabrowski and Luisa Stefani.

But what we do know is that the Canadian Dabrowski, who wasn’t on the list for any of the grass-court events, was planning to team up with fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu in Berlin.

(UPDATE: Dabrowski and Andreescu did not end up in the Berlin doubles draw – they were two out. Dabrowski also tried to sign in at the alternate event in Birmingham with Marie Bouzkova, and missed the cut there – also by two spots).

Stefani will play with Caroline Garcia both in Berlin and at Wimbledon.

We’re hearing that there was an abrupt split between these two.

The deadline for Wimbledon doubles is a week away; so far, Dabrowski hasn’t entered with anyone.

(UPDATE: Dabrowski entered with Aleksandra Krunic, who has a protected ranking of No. 117 but hasn’t played in eons because of a bad knee injury. She’s scheduled to return at Wimbledon).

Open Court has contacted Dabrowski to find out what’s what; if she gets back to us, we’ll update.

This duo, perhaps the most pure doubles team out there on the WTA Tour right now, hadn’t quite put it all together since reuniting at Indian Wells this year.

When these two good chums first played together, it was instant success – until Stefani severely injured her knee in the semifinals of the 2021 US Open.

She was out a year; in the meantime, Dabrowski had forged a successful partnership Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos that brought them to the WTA Finals.

But their 2023 didn’t start gangbusters. And in the end, Dabrowski made the decision to reunite with Stefani.

So far, so-so

The newly-reunited team made the quarterfinals at Indian Wells, but lost in the first round in Miami.

They were defeated by Montrealer Erin Routliffe and partner Alexa Guarachi in their second match in Stuttgart, and made the quarters in Madrid – where they lost 10-5 in the match tiebreak to Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula. Hardly a bad loss.

In Rome, they lost 10-8 in the match tiebreak to Marie Bouzkova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

And at Roland Garros, they lost in the third round, in three sets to Leylah Fernandez, and her partner Taylor Townsend – who went all the way to the final.

Every match of theirs we saw (that is to say, most of them), they played awfully well. Just met some good opponents and it was a matter of a point here, a point there.

We’ll keep you updated with anything we find out.

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