Aviators’ newcomer Anna-Lena Groenefeld picked up her 16th career doubles title over the weekend, taking home the Stuttgart trophy with Raquel Atawo. Along with the champions’ trophy and first-place prize money, Atawo and Groenefeld each received a Porsche bicycle. It’s not as fancy as a car, but they’ll be riding in style, nonetheless!
Groenefeld and Atawo celebrated their first team title but not without working hard for it throughout the tournament. The duo took out Olga Savchuk and Jelena Ostapenko, who partnered Atawo to the title a year earlier in the quarterfinals before eliminating the #WTTFamily pairing of Andreja Klepac (Orange County Breakers) and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (New York Empire). In the final, Groenefeld and Atawo edged Nicole Melichar (Washington Kastles) and Groenefeld’s former partner Kveta Peschke 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-5.
In the latest WTA Doubles Rankings, Groenefeld moved up six spots to No. 14, while Melichar jumped five places to a career-best No. 33.
Marcin Matkowski, who will play his first season of WTT with the Aviators this summer, also enjoyed a solid showing in Budapest in reaching the semifinal stage with Nick Monroe. Matkowski is seeded second this week in Istanbul, where he joins forces with Divij Sharan.
Way to go Anna-Lena and Marcin!