Double Trouble: Men’s and Women’s Finals Preview

men’s doubles final
[WC] John Isner/Jack Sock vs. Santiago Gonzalez/Edward Roger Vaslin

American duo John Isner and 2018 champion Jack Sock will battle for his second men’s doubles title at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday when they take on unseeded Mexican-French duo Santiago Gonzalez and Edward Roger Vaslin in Indian Wells. tennis park.

Isner/Sock, seeded No. 2, advanced to the title match by eliminating Andrei Golubev and Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-2, while Gonzalez/Roger Vaselin came back from a back group to upset US Open champion Rajiv. Ram/Joe Salisbury, 3-6, 6-4, 10-7.

Sock also took the Indian Wells doubles title in 2015, collaborating with Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Women’s doubles final:
[7] Asia Muhammad / Ina Shibahara vs Xu Yifan / Yang Chaoxuan

When Asia Muhammad found herself in need of my husband’s partner a few weeks ago, she heard through the vine that Ina Shibhara was also looking. A few weeks later, their nascent partnership solidified, the duo reached the finals of one of the most prestigious events on the tennis circuit.

Talk about an amazing debut.

Muhammad and Shibhara, seeded seventh, will face the unseeded Chinese duo of Xu Yifan and Yang Zhaoxuan in Saturday’s final – with each team vying for their first title as a team.

There are some wonderful double proportions among the quartet.

Shaw, who reached the 2021 US Open final (along with Nicole Melchard) is a former world number 7 with ten doubles titles. Shibahara is currently ranked 5th in the world – she teamed with Shoko Aoyama and reached the WTA Finals last year.

Muhammad, who made 27 straight matches across singles and doubles (at ITF level) in the BNP Paribas Open final on Saturday, is thrilled to be the Japanese No. 5 in the world this week in the California desert.

“I am enjoying myself a lot playing with her, I feel very comfortable which is crucial, just the positive,” said the 30-year-old American. “This is the first time we’ve played, but I feel our communication is really improving with each match.”

Shibhara says, I came right back to you.

“I think our chemistry was in place from the start and that really helps us feel comfortable when we play matches,” Shibahara said. “And we also learn every match. After every match we see what we can improve, and we can do it together on the training grounds.”

For Shibhara, who played college tennis at neighboring UCLA and now resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, lifting the trophy in the California desert would be the ultimate homecoming.

“Winning the Betty Championship means the world to me, my friends and family have come to watch, just to be able to have a title in front of them would be very special,” she said.