HAPPY ENDING FOR JAKUPOVIC/KICHENOK

Quite new partnership between Ukrainian doubles ace Nadia Kichenok and Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic have been crowned in Istanbul after stellar run. Champions beat Melichar/Mertens in the final.

Garanti Koza Arena witnessed twice loss by Elisa Mertens in the final day of TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup. Young Belgian stepped onto court 50 minutes after her singles final; but she and doubles partner Nicole Melichar from US beaten by in-form European duo. Nadia Kichenok, who’s lying 65th place on WTA doubles ranking, displayed very fine doubles skills partnering with less-experienced Jakupovic, they were played perfectly balanced game in a whole week.

Kichenok/Jakupovic needed six set points to close first set. In the second set they extended the lead with an early break, eventually finished the match 7-6, 6-2 in one hour 38 minutes.

End of the day, Belgian Elise Mertens did not take any titles despite she had two finals. Last year, it was same scenerio happened for Montenegrin player Danka Kovinic.