Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski knocked off in Wimbledon women's doubles final

Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa, playing partner of Yifan Xu of China plays a forehand in their Ladies' Doubles final against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan, playing partner of Barbora Strycova of The Czech Republic during Day thirteen of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Sunday in London, England. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

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Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and her partner Xu Yifan fell 6-2-6-4 to Barbora Strycova and Hseih Su-wei in the women’s doubles final at Wimbledon Sunday, following on the heels of a magnificent marathon between legends Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Dabrowski and Yifan have been doubles partners since early in 2017 and defeated defending champions Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova to reach their first Grand Slam women’s doubles final at Wimbledon. The 27-year-old Dabrowski, who started playing tennis at age seven, has won two Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles — in the French Open in 2017 (with Rohan Bopanna of India) and the Australian Open in 2018 (with Mate Pavic of Croatia).

Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski in action during the doubles final against Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon in London, England on Sunday. TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

The No. 3-seeded Hsieh and Strycova reached the final without dropping a set, then claimed their third win in three meetings against No. 4-seeded Dabrowski and Xu. The champions won more than 70% of points off their opponents’ second serves.

Wimbledon organizers had originally scheduled the women’s doubles final as the third match on Centre Court on Saturday, following both the women’s singles and men’s doubles championship matches. But it was postponed until Sunday after a long men’s doubles final which stretched into a fifth set.

China’s Xu Yifan and Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski after losing their doubles final against Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei at Wimbeldon in London, England on Sunday. HANNAH MCKAY / REUTERS

 

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