Wimbledon: Top seeds Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai reach the women’s doubles championship match.

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Elise Mertens and Zhang Shuai will face Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the final of the women’s doubles at Wimbledon on Sunday.

Belgian Mertens, the 2021 champion with Hsieh Su-wei, and Chinese Zhang defeated Americans Desirae Krawczyk and Danielle Collins 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Krejcikova and Siniakova defeated Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko of the Ukraine and Latvia, respectively. A 6-2 6-2 victory kept the 2018 champions on track for a fifth Grand Slam championship.

It is the first time since 2015 that the top two seeds in the women’s doubles division at the All England Club have reached the final.

Mertens and Zhang defeated Krawczyk and Collins despite dropping the second set. Krawczyk maintained her mixed doubles title with Britain’s Neal Skupski on Thursday.

The top seeds dominated the first set, but they were forced to play a third as their opponents from the United States won five of the next six games to force a third set.

Mertens and Zhang broke through in the eighth game of the deciding set to take a 5-3 lead and earned their first match point when they successfully served out the match.

Mertens is a three-time major women’s doubles champion, having also won the 2019 US Open and 2021 Australian Open with Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. Zhang is a four-time major women’s doubles champion, having won the 2019 Australian Open and 2021 US Open with Australian Samantha Stosur.

In January, Olympic champions Krejcikova and Siniakova won the Australian Open, leaving them one Grand Slam victory short of completing a career Grand Slam.

In a strong performance, they won five games in a row to win the first set and four games in a row to close off the match.