22 Sep 2017

Inspirational duo reach doubles final

News Article

By Nick Fishpool

Vicky Duval and Alisa Kleybanova

It’s a big day for both Victoria Duval and Alisa Kleybanova.

The two former WTA Top 100 ranked players will be taking to the court in Lubbock, TX, USA to do battle in their respective singles semifinals before returning on the same side of the net to contest the doubles final.

Both players have already conquered their toughest opponent having each beaten Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with Duval taking to Twitter on Tuesday to mark her third anniversary of being cancer free, and have teamed up this week on the ITF Pro Circuit in Texas.

Vicky Duval tweet - 19 Sept 2017

The first-time partnership earned a main draw spot via a qualifying event and have already taken out the first and third seeds in successive rounds, winning in a match tiebreak on each occasion.

Both have won doubles titles in past years with Duval last winning in 2013 and Kleybanova in 2011, and opposing them in today’s final will be second seeds Karmen Kaur Thandi and Ana Veselinovic. You can follow the match, and both singles semifinals, via the ITF Live Scoring feature both online and mobile app.

Lubbock, TX - oop 22 Sept 2017