Storm Sanders’ and Caroline Dolehide’s doubles run cut short after Czech duo blitz competition

Hannah CrossSound Telegraph
Caroline Dolehide plays a forehand in her Women's Doubles quarter-finals match with Storm Sanders.
Camera IconCaroline Dolehide plays a forehand in her Women's Doubles quarter-finals match with Storm Sanders. Credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Rockingham local Storm Sanders and her American doubles partner Caroline Dolehide lost their Australian Open doubles campaign after being defeated by Czech top seeds Barbora Krejcíkova and Katerina Siniakova in the quarter-finals last Wednesday.

The Aussie-American duo went down in straight sets 6-2 7-6 (3) but put up a good fight in the second set, leading to a tiebreak to decide the match.

Sanders began with the serve for the tiebreak but Krejcíkova and Siniakova were too strong, forcing three errors from Dolehide and Sanders to take them to Thursday’s semi-final.

Barbora Krejcikova, right, and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic pose with their trophy after defeating Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan and Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil in the women's doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Camera IconBarbora Krejcikova, right, and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. Credit: Andy Brownbill/AP

The Czechs continued their winning streak, beating Russian Veronika Kudermetova and Belgian Elise Mertens 6-2 6-3 and later winning Sunday’s final 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4 against Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Sanders recently won the doubles title at the Adelaide International with fellow Australian and World No.1 Ash Barty before heading into the Australian Open.

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