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KOPS-JONES AND SPEARS AT LAST

Following years of knocking stubbornly on the door, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears have finally been granted entry to tennis' most exclusive party.


The campaign began on a high note for Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigial Spears, with back-to-back semifinals Down Under. The second of these was particularly significant, coming at the Australian Open and marking the furthest either player had ever been at a major.

This was followed by another deep run, in Dubai, where the Americans saw the title snatched from their hands by Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova in a tense match tie-break.

Home events in Miami and Charleston brought plenty more wins, although the silverware still proved elusive. But after a tough clay court season, the duo finally broke their duck on the grass of Birmingham, enduring a couple of early scares before outplaying Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the final.

Hopes of replicating this success at Wimbledon were dashed by Kudryavtseva and Rodionova, a third round loss sending Kops-Jones and Spears back across the Atlantic earlier than expected. A productive few months on the North American hardcourts may have ended in an early US Open exit, but not before collecting valuable points with a title run in Cincinnati.

More success was to come as the tour headed East, back-to-back semfinals in Tokyo and Wuhan booking their place in Singapore.




 

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