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WTA Finals Preview: How Gabriela Dabrowski earned a spot in Singapore

Oct 19, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

It has been a career-best year for Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski. As a result, the 25-year-old is preparing for her first trip to the WTA Finals in Singapore, beginning October 22.

Photo by: Kyle Clapham

Dabrowski had a strong start to the 2017 season during the Australian Open Series. Alongside partner Zhaoxuan Yang, Dabrowski reached the semifinals in Auckland, her first event of the season, and went on to reach the final in Hobart.

At the Australian Open, Dabrowski made the second round in women’s doubles with partner Michaella Krajicek. She also made the mixed doubles quarterfinals with Rohan Bopanna, losing in three tight sets to no. 2 seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig.

Dabrowski continued to ride momentum as the season continued, reaching the semifinals in St. Petersburg and quarterfinals in Doha and Dubai.

At the Miami Open, Dabrowski and partner Yifan Xu pulled off a massive straight sets upset over title favourites Sania Mirza/Barbora Strycova to win their biggest career title together.

After a slow start to the European clay swing, Dabrowski entered Roland Garros with Xu and they went on to reach the third round together, their best showing during the clay season.

Then, Canadian tennis history was made in Paris. Dabrowski paired up with Bopanna once again and, together, they lifted the Roland Garros mixed doubles trophy. Dabrowski became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title.

Photo by Peter Figura

At Wimbledon, Dabrowski/Xu made an early first round exit but she and Bopanna made the quarterfinals in mixed doubles.

In the US Open Series hard court swing, Dabrowski reached the quarterfinals at Rogers Cup in Toronto with Roland Garros women’s champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Gabriela Dabrowski being honoured for her first Grand Slam title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Dabrowski/Xu reunited in New Haven for the Connecticut Open and won their second title of the season together, upsetting Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua from a set down in the final.

Photo by: Connecticut Open

At the US Open, Dabrowski/Xu reached the quarterfinals in women’s doubles and Dabrowski/Bopanna reached their fourth quarterfinal of the year.

Dabrowski/Xu continued their stellar partnership into the Asian swing, reaching the quarterfinals in Wuhan and Beijing and the semifinals in Tokyo. Their consistent performances secured them one of eight team slots in the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Dabrowski is the first Canadian to appear in the year-end finals since Eugenie Bouchard did in singles in 2014.

Dabrowski’s two WTA title wins this season bring her career total up to five overall, the first coming in Washington in 2014. She is also riding a new career-high ranking of no. 18 as of September 11.