Doubles Finals Set for Saturday

NEW HAVEN, CT: Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka play Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears on stadium court during the 2015 Connecticut Open at the Yale University Tennis Center on Friday, August 28, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open

An exciting doubles draw at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies has been filled with upsets and thrilling matches. Here, we take a look at the paths of doubles teams Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang, and Julia Goerges and Lucie Hradecka.

Chia-Jung Chuang and Chen Liang began their 2015 Connecticut Open campaign with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Lara Arruabarrena and Andreja Klepac. However, the rest of their journey has been much more dramatic. The first set of their quarterfinal match against Eva Hrdinova and Nicole Melichar could not have been worse, falling 1-6 to the Czech and American. Chuang and Liang would regain their composure to win the second set 6-3 to force the tiebreak and prevail 10-6. The semifinals began similar to the quarters, find themselves in an early deficit against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Johanna Larsson. Chuang and Liang would again show plenty of resolve, winning the second set and following tiebreak to advance.

Before their three-set match on Friday afternoon, Goerges and Hradecka had breezed through the field. The duo opened play with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph against Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland and Raluca Olaru of Romania. The German and Czech faced a strong draw in the quarterfinals, as young Americans Alison Riske and Lauren Davis looked to score the upset. The Americans were no match for Goerges and Hradecka, however, falling in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. In the semifinals against second-seeded duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, Goerges and Hradecka found themselves in unfamiliar territory, losing their first set of the tournament. The duo would storm back in the second set to the tune of 6-3, before trouncing Kop-Jones and Spears 10-2 in the tiebreaker to book a finals berth.

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