Billie Jean King doubles title chase begins with semifinal tilt vs. Russia

Alanna Kourney and Antonia Bertulescu will meet Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva and Elena Vesnina at 4 p.m. ET Saturday in the Billie Jean King U.S. Open Cup semifinal match.

These veteran players, who just reached their first major doubles final, are vying for their first win in this tournament. This will be the first Cup semifinal for Kudryavtseva, who has won four WTA doubles titles.

The Americans won last year’s tournament and will be favored to repeat on their home courts on Saturday.

“It’s been a nice steady climb,” Kudryavtseva said. “It’s exciting to play a couple of times in a tournament on the biggest stage in the United States. … It’s always nice to go to a place where everyone comes out. It’s kind of a ‘what if’ moment playing Billie Jean King.”

Meanwhile, Kotorishvili and Bertulescu won their quarterfinal tie 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the semifinals.

Trevor Dolgopolov and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won their quarterfinal tie 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France.

Dolgopolov and Cuevas, who were regional qualifiers, are making their Cup debuts.

“We’re just trying to play our game,” Dolgopolov said. “I think I’m happy with the way I feel now. We’re playing good tennis and we have a lot of things in our game that we can do.”

However, serving is an area the team needs to improve.

“For us, we’re not that experienced,” Cuevas said. “We’re always looking for more experience and more time in between, you know? We just need a little bit more time together to get the chemistry and to get on the same page.”

Tennis Channel will televise the semifinal matches on Saturday.

The quarterfinals were not as successful for some of the top teams.

Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil lost 6-4, 6-4 to Denis Istomin and Marinko Matosevic, Denis Shapovalov and Jack Sock lost 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 to Alexander Zverev and Marcus Willis, and Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil lost 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 to Alexander Zverev and Ben McLachlan.

In the quarterfinals, Raonic and Pospisil won 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) over Jordan Thompson and Denis Istomin, Shapovalov and Sock lost 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to Zverev and Willis, and Raonic and Pospisil won 6-4, 6-4 over Lahiru Mathiya and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The opening round matches were postponed due to weather.

In the quarterfinals, John Isner and Jared Donaldson beat Jiri Vesely and Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), while Bryan and Jack Sock beat Michal Mertinak and Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. John Isner and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Alexander Zverev and Ben McLachlan 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

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