Stefani and Dabrowski resume partnership with victory

Stefani and Dabrowski return to play together at the WTA 1000 in Indian Wells

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Indian Wells (USA) – The resumption of Luísa Stefani’s partnership with Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski had a positive result. Playing together at the WTA 1000 in Indian Wells, they made their competition debut beating Kazakh Anna Danilina and North American Asia Muhammad by 6/1 and 6/3 just 1 hour from the start on Sunday.

This first victory brings 120 points in the WTA doubles ranking and a place in the round of 16. The next opponents will be Chile’s Alexa Guarachi and New Zealand’s Erin Routliffe, who beat China’s Yifan Xu and Zhaoxuan Yang, seeded 5 in the tournament and last year’s champions, by 6/1, 6/7 (6 -8) and 10- 7.

Paulist, 25 years old, Luísa Stefani occupies the 30th position in the ranking WTA doubles experts. She and Dabrowski had a great time in 2021, when they won the WTA 1000 in Montreal and reached the finals in San Jose and Cincinnati, in addition to the US Open semi-finals, when the Brazilian suffered a serious injury. knee injury and went almost a year without playing. Upon their return, they performed together at the WTA 250 in Chennai in September and won the title.

Stefani and Dabrowski showed rapport from the first games and have already started with 4/0 on the scoreboard, with just two points dropped on serve. The rivals came to return one of the breaks, but the Brazilian and the Canadian regained the advantage soon after.

As soon as the second set opened, Stefani and Dabrowski broke Danilina’s serve. The partial was a little more balanced, the Canadian escaping two break points to open 2/0, and the Brazilian saving herself in the same way in the eighth game. Already when they were very close to victory, they put pressure on the Kazakh serve and scored another break to win the game.

Another Brazilian in the doubles round of 16 is Beatriz Haddad Maia, playing for the first time with 35-year-old experienced German Laura Siegemund. Coming from a good early win, they challenge the Ukrainian Lyudmyla Kichenok and the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, seeds 3 of the tournament. Bia is also in the third round of singles, a phase in which she faces Britain’s Emma Raducanu.

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