Cleveland, USA, 28 August 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Cleveland, USA

Australian Ellen Perez and American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez have reaffirmed their status as one of the world’s most in-form teams, capturing a WTA 250 title in Cleveland.

Perez and Melichar-Martinez secured their first team title with a 7-5 6-3 victory against fourth seeds Anna Danilina of Kazakhstan and Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in today’s final.

It was the second-seeded duo’s second match victory of the day, having earlier defeated third-seeded combination Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei in the semifinals. That match was suspended due to a power outage yesterday with Perez and Melichar-Martinez holding six match points in the second-set tiebreak.

Resuming today, Perez and Melichar-Martinez only needed to play a single point to advance to their third consecutive final as a team.

Perez and Melichar-Martinez have now won 12 of their past 14 matches, making them one of the most in-form teams heading into next week’s US Open championships.

This is 26-year-old Perez’s fifth career WTA singles title – and second of this season. Currently ranked at a career-high world No.28, Perez is set to climb even higher when next week’s rankings are released.

Aussies in action – Cleveland

Women’s doubles, semifinals
[2] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) d [3] Shuko Aoyama (JPN)/Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) 6-1 7-6(0)

Women’s doubles, final
[2] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) d [4] Anna Danilina (KAZ)/Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 7-5 6-3

Granby, Canada

Daria Saville’s quest to claim her second career WTA singles title – and first since August 2017 – has fallen just short.

World No.10 Daria Kasatkina proved too strong in the Granby final today, carving out a 6-4 6-4 victory in a high-quality battle.

The resurgent Saville can still take many positives from her performances this week, with the 28-year-old Australian advancing to her first tour-level singles final since October 2017.

Her impressive run, which included earning a finals spot without conceding a set, will be rewarded in next week’s rankings too. Saville is projected to return to the world’s top 60 for the first time since May 2019.

Aussies in action – Granby

Women’s singles, final
[1] Daria Kasatkina d [9] Daria Saville (AUS) 6-4 6-4

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