MATTEK-SANDS & SAFAROVA WIN WUHAN DOUBLE

Two matches played, two matches won. No.5 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova are into the semifinals at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open digging deep to survive a long day.

Published September 29, 2016 12:13

WUHAN, China – The No.5 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova dug deep to pull off a doubleheader at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, winning two matches in a day to book their spot into the semifinals.

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With rain washing out the doubles action yesterday, Mattek-Sands and Safarova played both their second round and quarterfinal match today, but showed no signs of fatigue as they powered through both in straight sets.

“We played really well today, especially against two tough teams where we had to be playing our best,” Mattek-Sands said after their quarterfinal. “We had a court change, where we went from hot and humid outside in the beginning of the week, to cold and rainy and playing indoors. But we got it done today.”

The pair started out the day with an hour-and-a-half battle against Chinese wildcards Zhu Lin and Han Xinyun. They were pushed in the second set but saved set points to advance 6-4, 7-6(7). They kept things tidier in the quarterfinal, powering past Aleksandra Krunic and Katarina Siniakova 6-3, 6-4.

By virtue of reaching the semifinal, Safarova and Mattek Sands improve their position on the doubles Road To Singapore leaderboard. The pair currently sit at No.7, and are among the five teams that could grab three spots into the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, pending other results.

“Of course, Singapore is our goal. We are fighting for it and trying to take it step by step,” Safarova said. “We have tough matches ahead, but we are playing well and we are ready.”

Mattek-Sands added: “It’s the best of the best, the best teams get to go. I think it’s an honor to make it here in the end. At this point, everyone is fighting for a spot and the rankings are pretty close.”

Joining Mattek-Sands and Safarova in the quarterfinals are the No.2 seeds Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan, as well as Peng Shuai and Christina McHale.

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