MADRID, Spain – No.5 seeds Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova advanced to their third career final as a team with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 win over Galina Voskoboeva and Veronika Kudermetova at the Mutua Madrid Open on Friday.

The veteran pairing will play for their second career Premier Mandatory title as a team, having raised their first trophy at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells last year.

“It feels great to be back in another big final, especially at a tournament like this,” Strycova said. 

“We were just talking in the elevator that we are in the finals and were very excited about it. It was a tough match and has been a great tournament for us, and we’re just really happy to be in this position for another title tomorrow.”

The pair won six of the last seven games to steal the opener from a 3-0 deficit, and held on to win in a match tiebreak in which they led 7-2, but lost five straight points to see the Russian and Kazakh level at 7-7. 

Despite first-round exits for both Hsieh and Strycova in the singles draw in Madrid, to Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, respectively, they rebounded in the doubles event to reach their second final of the season, having also won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Added Hsieh: “When you do well in doubles after not doing so well in singles, or do well at this tournament in either after not doing well for a long time, it is very good and special.”

The No.5 seeds will attempt to win their third career title together on Saturday, when they face No.6 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Xu Yi-fan.

The Canadian and Chinese pair defeated wildcards Vera Zvonareva and Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal, 6-4, 6-4. 

“I’ve played them quite a lot,” said Strycova. “Maybe not with Su-Wei as my partner, but they know me and I know them very well. They will be very tough opponents but we will be ready.”

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