Australian Open 2015: Pierre-Hugues Herbert Soars into Doubles Final

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX String) is making a name for himself in doubles, upsetting four seeded pairs on his journey to the final. Facing off against No. 4 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, Pierre and his partner Nicolas Mahut advanced with a strong opening set, taking it in a brisk 35 minutes, with their opponents unable to land a single break point on the duo. The two lost the second set after a tight tiebreaker, but managed to secure a crucial break in the third set, leading them to their coveted key to the final. Exhibiting excellent performance, Pierre and Nicolas managed to acquire 10 aces and 57 winners across two hours and 19 minutes. The final score was 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(5).

In women’s doubles, Zheng Jie (EZONE Ai 98POLYTOUR SPIN) and her partner Chan Yung-Jan also reached the finals. The two have been a force of nature this tournament, refusing to drop a single game across all of their matches, and continued to exhibit their impeccable form in their semifinal match against Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Zahlavova. Committing only half the amount of errors of their opponents, along with landing 25 winners, the pair conquered in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-2 scoreline. They now have their sights sets on the final against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.

Mixed doubles saw Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125SHT-PRO) make it into the semifinals with Leander Paes, winning in straight sets against Andrea Hlavackova (RQiS 2 Tour, POLYTOUR PRO 125), 6-3, 6-1. Martina once again exhibited her many years of doubles experience with a spectacular performance.

2015 Australian Open Tournament Results

Men’s Doubles (Semifinal)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (VCORE Tour G, YONEX String)(FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) def. [4] Ivan Dodig (CRO)/Marcelo Melo (BRA) 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(5)

Women’s Doubles (Semifinal)

[14] Zheng Jie (EZONE Ai 98POLYTOUR SPIN)(CHN)/Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) def. [13] Michaella Krajicek (NED)/Barbora Zahlavova (CZE)  6-3, 6-2

Mixed Doubles (Quarterfinal)

[7] Martina Hingis (EZONE Ai 100POLYTOUR PRO 125SHT-PRO)(SUI)/Leander Paes (IND) def. [4] Andrea Hlavackova (RQiS 2 Tour, POLYTOUR PRO 125)(CZE)/Alexander Peya (AUT) 6-3, 6-1

*Photo of Pierre taken at the 2014 Rakuten Japan Open