Indian Wells Doubles Finals Preview

Oracle Challenger Series
Mar 6, 2020

Sebastian Korda (USA)/Mitchell Krueger (USA) vs. Denis Kudla (USA)/Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (USA)

The men’s final will feature an all-American affair, with Sebastian Korda and Mitchell Krueger taking on Denis Kudla and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski.

Korda and Krueger have been playing well all week, opening with a win over the formidable Zverev brothers in the first round. They attribute their success to being both well-rounded with their talents, and a dynamic duo in terms of chemistry.

“We’ve been returning well and both have pretty good serves,” said Krueger. “So it takes the pressure off when we can be good off both ends.”

Despite the fact that the team had to play each other in the singles Round of 16, with Krueger getting the win, they are both enjoying their time on the court.

“It’s a good boost to have a lot of matches in the desert,” said Korda. “It’s always good fun playing doubles and this run has given us a lot of confidence. Playing good tennis, having fun.”

Their opponents opened the week with an emphatic win over multiple-time Grand Slam doubles champion in Jack Sock, teaming up with Michael Mmoh, before squeaking past the No.4 seeded team of Luke Bambridge and Lloyd Glasspool.

Caty McNally (USA)/Jessica Pegula (USA) vs. Asia Muhammad (USA)/Taylor Townsend (USA)

The women’s doubles finals also features two all-American teams who have been delighting fans all week with incredible play in the desert. Both teams beat Grand Slam doubles champions en route to the final and have impressed fans with their aggressive, deft play.

In the semifinals, Caty McNally and Jessica Pegula dictated play and stormed past three-time Grand Slam doubles champion Samantha Stosur and partner Yanina Wickmayer, sticking to their “go big or go home” game plan.

“We’ve been playing aggressive,” assessed Pegula. “Returning well, trying to keep the points short. I think we’re competing well.” “I think every match we’ve gotten better honestly,” added McNally. “We both have very aggressive styles of tennis and I think that’s helpful. If we’re able to stick to that, and just play to our strengths, it helps us out a lot. I don’t think our opponents like it when we’re the first ones to attack.”

Their opponents, Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend, opened their 2020 season with a WTA title in Auckland, defeating Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

This week, the duo steamrolled through the first two rounds before a tough test against Anna Blinkova and Christina McHale in the semifinals, winning 6-1, 7-6(5), (10-8).

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