With my earlier predictions being decimated with walkovers and various teams not playing well, we’ve now arrived at a doubles final between the teams of Kop Jones/Spears and Mattek-Sands/Mirza. Both teams are quite experienced doubles players and have had long partnerships with one another, even though Mirza’s main partner is Hsieh Su-Wei this year. And similarly to James, I’ll definitely be scanning both the singles and doubles draws, as some of these new doubles pairings could end up being complete and utter flops. Here’s how I see the Sydney final:
I’ve been quite surprised with some of the results that have happened in the doubles draw this week, especially since I have long expected Muguruza/Suarez Navarro to be a strong contender, but with their withdrawal and the early loss of Hingis/Pennetta, the draw hasn’t really held up the way I’d have liked it to. However, what we do end up having is a match up between the two experienced doubles teams, Kops-Jones/Spears and Mattek-Sands/Mirza.
Kops-Jones/Spears have had a rather difficult first few weeks on tour, losing to Kudryavtseva/Panova in the first round of Brisbane and being drawn into four tiebreakers in their last two matches. They defeated Shvedova/Medina Garrigues 7-6, 6-7, [10-5] in the second round and Babos/Mladenovic 6-7, 7-6, [10-8]. On the other hand, Mattek-Sands/Mirza have been extremely clinical with the way that they approach their matches, as they have been able to assert their own style of play. Their aggressive mindset in matches has served them well so far, winning all their matches this week quite handily, dropping no more than six games in a match. This is why I believe that Mattek-Sands/Mirza should be able to take out this title, especially considering the current form they’re in. With the fighting spirit that Kops-Jones/Spears have shown recently though, I believe the match will go the distance, but it won’t be enough to ultimately win the title.
Prediction: Mattek-Sands/Mirza def. Kops-Jones/Spears in 3 sets