Hunter and Mertens charge into Wimbledon doubles final
Australian Storm Hunter and Belgian partner Elise Mertens have advanced to the Wimbledon 2023 ladies' doubles final.
Storm Hunter has become the first Australian to advance to a ladies’ doubles final at Wimbledon in 10 years.
The 28-year-old Hunter and Belgian partner Elise Mertens have barely been tested at this year’s championships, conceding only seven games during a dominant march into the semifinals.
They continued that trend against American Caroline Dolehide and China’s Zhang Shuai in today’s semifinals, powering to a 6-1 6-1 victory.
Hunter and Mertens needed only 55 minutes to secure a comprehensive victory against the No.16 seeds.
They did not face a break point and conceded a total of 10 points on serve. This keeps their 100 per cent record in service games so far this tournament in tact.
This ruthless performance propels Hunter into her second career Grand Slam final. She reached her first at last year’s US Open, where she won the mixed doubles title alongside fellow Aussie John Peers.
Hunter becomes the 13th Australian to reach a Wimbledon ladies’ doubles final in the Open era.
|Wimbledon ladies’ doubles
Australian finalists – Open era
|Margaret Court||1969, 1971|
|Judy Dalton||1969, 1972|
|Evonne Goolagong Cawley||1971, 1974|
|Helen Gourlay Cawley||1974, 1977|
|Wendy Turnbull||1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986|
|Liz Smylie||1985, 1987, 1990|
|Rennae Stubbs||2001, 2004, 2009|
|Sam Stosur||2008, 2009, 2011|
It has been 19 years since an Australian won a Wimbledon ladies’ doubles title, with Rennae Stubbs the most recent player to achieve that feat.
Stubbs is one of eight Australians to win the title in the Open era – an exclusive group that Hunter now has the chance to join.
Hunter and Mertens will play the Wimbledon 2019 champions, Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova, for the title.
The 37-year-old Hsieh, who is coached by Australian legend Paul McNamee, is on a 17-match winning streak at the tournament.
Aussies in action – Wimbledon
Ladies’ doubles, semifinals
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) d  Caroline Dolehide (USA)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) 6-1 6-1
Ladies’ doubles, final
 Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v Hsieh Su-wei (TPE)/Barbora Strycova (CZE)
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