SAN JOSÉ, CA (August 04, 2019) -- Top seeds Nicole Melichar and Kveta Peschke overcame the Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 6-4, 6-4, to win the doubles title at the 2019 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. It represents the Czech Peschke's second consecutive doubles win here following her title run last year with Latisha Chan, and the first for the American Melichar.
"You guys had a wonderful week," Melichar said, addressing her opponents Aoyama and Shibahara following the match. "It was a fantastic match, we had some of the craziest points today. I'm sure we made the highlight reel."
Exciting points did define the match, but each of the pairs held steady on serve to start the first set. At 3-3, however, Melichar and Peschke would get the decisive break on Aoyama's serve and hold the rest of the way to take the opening frame.
In the second set, the teams broke back and forth to find themselves squared once more at 3-all. Last year's Wimbledon finalists Melichar and Peschke would once again get the all-important break in the seventh game, allowing them to serve out and claim their fifth and 33rd WTA doubles titles, respectively, and fourth as a team.
"Thank you to my partner, Kveta... she brings the young energy on the court," Melichar, 26, continued of her partner Peschke, 44. "She's fantastic and unbelievable and just wonderful."
"We had a great week here," Peschke added, "Beautiful weather, the fans came out, and you had some good matches to watch. So thank you to everybody."
Celebrating its 49th year, the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is a weeklong WTA Premier event bringing the worlds of tennis and technology together in a festival of sports and entertainment. Highlighting the best the region has to offer, the tournament showcases locally sourced cuisine, fine wine and cheese selections, interactive fan exhibitions, premier hospitality options, and of course, incredible tennis action.
Featuring a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw the tournament boasts $876,183 in prize money and serves as the opening women's event of the US Open Series.
Save the date! The 2020 Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic will be held August 3-9.
ABOUT THE MUBADALA SILICON VALLEY CLASSIC: The Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic is the longest-running women-only professional tennis tournament in the world and is the first women's stop of the US Open Series. Owned and operated by IMG, the WTA Premier event features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $876,183.
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ABOUT THE US OPEN SERIES: Now in its 16th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true "regular season" of hard court tennis. Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
ABOUT IMG: IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world's greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.
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