Daily Dose of Doubles: Finals Are Set at Newport Beach

Oracle Challenger Series
Jan 31, 2020

The men’s and women’s doubles finals are set at the Newport Beach Tennis Club, featuring a mixed-bag of American and international doubles specialists, as well as rising talent and established tour veterans. If action from earlier this week is any indication of what is to come in the finals, fans will be in for a treat when champions are crowned Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Recap

On the women’s side, the No.1 overall seeded team of Luisa Stefani and Hayley Carter dominated their semifinal matchup against Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Minori Yonehara 6-2, 6-3 to advance to Saturday’s final.

Stefani/Carter are coming off a solid run to the Australian Open third round, which included an upset win over the No.9 seeds Zheng Saisai and Duan Ying-Ying. The pair are looking for their second WTA title together after winning the Tashkent Open in September of 2019 and Stefani is looking to add another Oracle Challenger Series doubles title to her trophy case, after she triumphed with partner Ellen Perez in Houston last year.

Their opponent in tomorrow’s final will be the young duo of Jessika Ponchet and Marie Benoit, who are both in search of their first doubles title on tour. Ponchet/Benoit have recorded three consecutive straight set wins this week, including a shocking upset of No.2 sees Giuliana Olmos and Sabrina Santamaria in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Men’s Recap

The men’s final has taken shape, as earlier this morning the duo of Tristan-Samuel Weissborn and Antonio Sančić upset No.3 seeds Christopher Rungkat and Andre Goransson 7-6(2), 7-5 in a fiery back-and-forth contest. It’s been an impressive week for the pair, as they earned wins over formidable opponents including Bradley Klahn/Marcos Giron and No.2 seeds Jackson Withrow /Nicholas Monroe.

They will meet the top-seeded tournament favorites Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar, who survived a stern test from Marius Copil and Chris Eubanks 6-4, 6-3 late Friday.  The experienced duo is looking to kick off 2020 with a doubles title in hand, following a 2019 season where they triumphed on six different occasions on the ATP Challenger Tour.

Behar/Escobar are now into consecutive finals at the Oracle Challenger Series, after they fell in the final at the Houston event in November of 2019.