Dabrowski Wins WTA Doubles Title at Connecticut Open
Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON, pictured left) picked up her second doubles title of the season at the Connecticut Open. Dabrowski and partner Yifan Xu (CHN) upset the Australian power duo of Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final.
After falling behind an early break, the Canadian-Chinese pair would get back on level terms but eventually surrendered another break to the Australians. Barty/Dellacqua would serve out the opener 6-3. The second set was much tighter. Dabrowski/Xu were 0/2 in saving break points in the opening set but were a perfect 2/2 in the second. Barty/Dellacqua would give up the only breaks of the set. Dabrowski capitalized on the opportunity to serve out the set 6-3 and put the match into a super tiebreak.
In a third set super-tiebreak that shifted momentum every few points, it was Dabrowski/Xu who were that little bit more efficient on serve in dire moments. After trailing a double mini break at 0-3 and 3-6, Dabrowski/Xu won seven of the last nine points and captured the Connecticut Open title 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in one hour, 12 minutes. It is Dabrowski and Xu’s second title of the season and second big upset in a final. They previously defeated Sania Mirza/Barbora Strycova to win the Miami Open in March.
This has been a career-best year for the Canadian who also has the Roland Garros mixed doubles title to her name. With her title in Connecticut she reached a career-high ranking of no. 19. She has won over $400,000US so far in 2017. For more insight into Dabrowski see our ONTENNIS interview with her here. Picture and story courtesy of Tennis Canada