Photo : Martin Sidorjak
It will be Bianca Andreescu looking to bring a Grand Slam trophy back to Canada once again.
The Great White North was guaranteed representation in the mixed doubles final after the draw pitted Andreescu and partner Michael Venus against fellow Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and her partner Nathaniel Lammons. Andreescu’s team advanced to the final on Wednesday morning, defeating Dabrowski’s in straight sets 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
Now Andreescu has a chance to be the first Canadian to win a major title since she herself won the US Open in 2019. With a win, she would also become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam title in both singles and doubles.
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Both of Dabrowski’s runs in Paris ended at the hands of her countrywomen. She was beaten in the third round of the women’s doubles by Leylah Annie Fernandez and Taylor Townsend. The Ottawa-native is the most recent Canadian to win a doubles Grand Slam title (Australian Open mixed doubles 2018).
For much of the match, it was the Canadian veteran and her American teammate applying the pressure. Dabrowski and Lammons fired 43 winners past Andreescu and Venus, but were unable to convert either of their break point opportunities in the match.
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The best chance for Dabrowski and Lammons came early when they held two break points in the third game of the match, but were unable to convert. They did not see a break point opportunity for the remainder of the match.
As both teams held serve with relative ease, it was the starts of the tiebreak that proved decisive. In both sets, Andreescu and Venus came out of the gate quickly, taking a 3-0 lead in the first set tiebreak and a 4-0 lead in the second. Both times, those leads proved insurmountable as Dabrowski and Lammons never managed to reel them back in.
With a win in the final, Andreescu would join Dabrowski and Daniel Nestor as the only Canadians to win a Grand Slam mixed doubles title. She and Venus will face off with Miyu Kato and Tim Puetz in the final on Thursday at approximately 6 am EDT.