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Ukraine’s Kichenok reaches Grand Slam doubles final for first time

by Kateryna Hodunova January 26, 2024 11:40 AM 2 min read
Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia react in their match against Erin Routliffe of New Zealand and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada in the doubles semi-final on Day 13 of the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 26, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Prange/Getty Images)
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Ukrainian tennis player Lyudmyla Kichenok and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko advanced on Jan. 26 to the Australian Open doubles final, defeating reigning U.S. Open champions Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe.

Kichenok and Ostapenko won two consecutive come-from-behind sets 7-5, 7-5, booking a spot in a championship match.

The two players had previously lost in the Grand Slam doubles semifinals, being knocked out at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2022. The doubles final in Melbourne will be the first one for the duo.

Both Kichenok and Ostapenko had won Grand Slam trophies in other disciplines. Ostapenko is a Roland Garros 2017 champion in singles, and Kichenok won the mixed doubles title with Mate Pavic at Wimbledon last year.

Kichenok is the third Ukrainian female tennis player to reach the Grand Slam doubles final. In 2008, Kateryna and Alona Bondarenko won a title at the Australian Open, and in 1999, Elena Tatarkova, in a pair with Mariaan de Swardt of South Africa, lost in two sets at the Wimbledon final.

Ukrainian tennis players set a national record at the Australian Open 2024 as Dayana Yastremska and Marta Kostyuk earned their spots in the quarterfinals. For the first time, two Ukrainian players played in singles at this stage of the Grand Slam.

Later, Yastremska reached the semifinal in Melbourne and became the first Ukraine to achieve it.

Ukrainian tennis player Yastremska knocked out of Australian Open in semi-final
Ukrainian tennis player Dayana Yastremska lost in straight sets to China’s Zheng Qinwen in the semi-final of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Suspilne Sport reported on Jan. 25. Yastremska, 23, reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. With her earlier qua…
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