Australian Open 2013: Doubles Picks

I don’t know how many of my singles predictions will come true, and I have even less confidence in my doubles picks. It’s always unclear how well a newly-formed team will perform, particularly at the majors. Players who should go well together don’t, making way for the unexpected teams to win the title. In recent years, established duos like Bob and Mike Bryan, the Williams sisters, Cara Black/Liezel Huber, and Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram have won Australian Open titles. On the other end of the spectrum, the Bondrenko sisters Alona and Kateryna came out of nowhere and won the title in 2008, after not speaking to each other for most of the first set of the final. With all of this in mind, here are my doubles predictions for the 2013 Australian Open:

Men’s Doubles

QF

[1] B. Bryan (USA)/M. Bryan (USA) def. [8] M. Fyrstenberg (POL)/M. Matkowski (POL)

[4] M. Mirnyi (BLR)/H. Tecau (ROU) def. [5] M. Bhupathi (IND)/D. Nestor (CAN)

[3] M. Granollers (ESP)/M. Lopez (ESP) def. J. Melzer (AUT)/O. Rochus (BEL)

[11] D. Marrero (ESP)/F. Verdasco (ESP) def. [2] L. Paes (IND)/R. Stepanek

SF

Bryan/Bryan def. Mirnyi/Tecau

Granollers/Lopez def. Marrero/Verdasco

F

Granollers/Lopez def. Bryan/Bryan

Women’s Doubles

QF

[12] S. Williams (USA)/V. Williams (USA) def. [1] S. Errani (ITA)/R. Vinci (ITA)

[10] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)/S. Mirza (IND) def. A. Kerber (GER)/A. Radwanska (POL)

[3] M. Kirilenko (RUS)/L. Raymond (USA) def. M. Erakovic (NZL)/H. Watson (GBR)

[11] V. King (USA)/Y. Shvedova (KAZ) def. [2] A. Hlavackova (CZE)/L. Hradecka (CZE)

SF

Williams/Williams def. Mattek-Sands/Mirza

Kirilenko/Raymond def. King/Shvedova

F

Williams/Williams def. Kirilenko/Raymond

I’ll post my predictions for Mixed doubles when the draw becomes available.

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Posted on 13/01/2013, in 2013, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, ATP, Australian Open, Fernando Verdasco, Heather Watson, Predictions, Sara Errani, Serena Williams, WTA and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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