Final Preview: Cinderella Stories Rule Doubles Draw

CONNECTICUT OPEN - DAY 8 FRIDAY, AUGUST 22, 2014 CAROLINE GARCIA AND MONICA NICULESCU vs. MARINA ERAKOVIC AND ARANTXA PARRA SANTONJA

Photo by Billie Weiss/Connecticut Open

The doubles draw has been filled with upsets at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies this year, with two unseeded teams advancing to Saturday’s final.

Andreja Klepac and Silvia Soler-Espinosa won through a three-set match on Friday afternoon before Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja (pictured above) did the same in the evening session. The doubles final will take place inside Stadium Court at 12:30pm on Saturday.

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Klepac and Soler-Espinosa are playing together for just the second time in their careers having first teamed up just last week in Cincinnati. There, they lost in the first round of play.

“This is a big result for us, especially since this is only the second time that we’ve played together,” Klepac said after their semifinal win over Darija Jurak and Megan Moulton-Levy, where they won in a match tie-break. “I think it was a tough match. In the second set we had so many chances, but at the end it was our goal to stay focused and stay aggressive.”

They’ll have to do the same against Erakovic/Parra Santonja. Klepac/Soler-Espinosa upset the No. 2 seeds in the first round, beating Kveta Peschke/Katarina Srebotnik in straight sets before needing a third-set match tie-break to come through their last two matches.

Erakovic/Parra Santonja have won all three of their matches in three sets this week. They recently won a title together on grass in The Netherlands (their first and only as a pair) and were quarterfinalists at the French Open.

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