It’s a rare thing when two players square off in both the singles and doubles finals at a tournament.
But world No. 1 Simona Halep and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic will do that on Saturday at the Shenzhen Open.
Halep defeated her doubles partner, Irina-Camelia Begu, in the semifinals on Friday.
Siniakova, who is the No. 1 seed in the doubles with countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova, dropped 10 aces in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win over Maria Sharapova.
It’s only the second career doubles final for Halep. Her doubles ranking stands at No. 146. And that is more than respectable for how little she actually plays.
As it happens, the only other time the Romanian did reach a doubles final, she also was going for the double.
Second try at the double
At the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2016, Halep defeated Angelique Kerber to win the singles title. The outstanding Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina defeated Halep and countrywoman Monica Niculescu in the doubles final.
That was a pretty good run.
Siniakova, who is still just 21, has two doubles titles on her resumé. And, as the defending champion in Shenzhen, her first career WTA Tour title, she has done a great job in defending the points.
Siniakova defeated both Johanna Konta and Halep during that 2017 Shenzhen run.
(Photos courtesy of the Shenzhen Open)