Photo: Tommy Hindley / Professional SportAniek van Koot and Jiske Griffioen (NED)
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN: Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot ensured it would be an all Dutch women’s doubles final after they beat the British number four seeds Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley 6-4 6-3.
In the opening game the British broke the Dutch much to the delight of the British crowd in centre court. The Dutch, who recently won the event at Wimbledon, broke straight back but the British put in a display of good tactics and volleys at the net to take a 3-1 lead.
The Dutch showed their fighting spirit and worked their way back into the match. Both teams were playing good doubles, keeping the ball deep and moving their oppositions around the court to create the space. Errors appeared in the British pair’s game which gave the Dutch their chance and they took the lead at 4-3.
Britain had chances in the next game, with points to bring the match to 4-4. However misses into the net gave the Dutch their chance to take the lead 5-3. The Dutch’s four game run came to an end when two double faults by Van Koot gave them the break to get back to 5-4.
The Dutch were too strong with the British pair often finding themselves out of position. A winner down the line by Van Koot gave the Dutch the first set 6-4.
Griffioen and Van Koot built on their first set performance and started the second set strongly. A wild forehand from Whiley past the baseline gave the Dutch the needed break to go 2-0. The British worked their way back into the game and went 0-40 on Van Koot’s serve who gave threw in a double fault to give them the break back.
It was an excellent display of doubles with a variation of spin, depth and pace being shown by all players. Holding serve appeared to be the biggest challenge with the teams exchanging breaks to 4-3.
The Dutch were up 40-15 at 4-3 on Van Koot’s serve however a combination of winners from Britain and errors from the Dutch pair gave the British pair the game. Both Van Koot and Whiley were struggling with their serving and Whiley proceeded to do three double faults to give the Griffioen the opportunity to serve for a place in the final.
The pressure seemed to affect the British pair as their shots kept finding the net with the Dutch pair playing a solid game from the back. The consistency of the Dutch paid off as Shuker hit the final volley into the net to end the match.
Griffioen and Van Koot will now face Esther Vergeer and her partner Marjolein Buis in the final.
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