by Master Ace
Even though Na Li and Dominika Cibulkova are resting today, there is a final to be played today and it is the Ladies doubles final.
featuring No. 1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci going up against Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. If Errani/Vinci win, they will retain their number 1 ranking but if Makarova/Vesnina wins, Vesnina will be number 1 with Makarova at 2 so there is a lot is on the line. Last time these teams met in a Slam final, Makarova/Vesnina got their only Slam in their career winning the 2012 French Open, a result that was as much a shocker to tennis enthusiasts as it was to Makarova and Vesnina.
Errani/Vinci both lost their first round singles matches before the defense of their doubles title started. In the quarterfinals, Errani/Vinci had to rally from 4-1 down in the third set to defeat the team of Cara Black/Sania Mirza but they won in straight sets over another good team in Kveta Peschke/Katarina Srebotnik.
Makarova/Vesnina have been tested in their last three matches defeating Daniela Hantuchova/Lisa Raymond, Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Safarova, and Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears.
Will the momentum of having to battle hard carry on to the final? Until winning the 2013 French Open, Vesnina has came up short in her doubles career in Slams losing in the finals three times. If her mixed results are included, she has lost a total of 6 doubles Slam finals.
Prediction : Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in 3 sets.