Sharon Fichman was not going to let another final slip away.
Playing in her second consecutive final, the Canadian and her partner Kateryna Bondarenko managed to overcome a one-set deficit to take home the doubles title in Monterrey, Mexico. They got the better of Miyu Kato of Japan and partner Yafan Wang of China by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
Canada’s @sharon_fichman and partner Kateryna Bondarenko are victorious in Monterrey, claiming the title with a 4-6, 6-3, [10-7] win over Kato/Wang.
It’s Sharon’s second title of her comeback and first of the season. Congrats! pic.twitter.com/qghP94V2At
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) March 8, 2020
With her win, Fichman notches her first WTA title since last June, which had been the first title she won since her return to the sport. Prior to then, she had won her maiden title in 2014 alongside Maria Sanchez at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
The triumph was not straight forward for the Canadian. In the first set, with only 58% on their first serves for the pair compared to 70% for their opponents, the Canadian-Ukrainian duo managed to convert on their two break point opportunities in as many occasions, but also allowed three of six to their opponents.
The duo did not have the intention of folding so easily. Inflicting the same fate they had suffered in the opening set, Bondarenko and Fichman managed to break their opponents’ serve on three occasions compared to two in order to force a decisive set.
Fichman and Bondarenko continued on their momentum, taking the quick lead to eventually capture the title.
Kateryna Bondarenko y Sharon Fichman son las campeonas en dobles del Abierto de Monterrey, luego de vencer en el super tie-break a la dupla de Miyu Kato y Yafan Wang
— Multimedios Deportes (@mmdeportesmx) March 8, 2020