Paris Doubles QF Set
Published June 01, 2009 12:53
PARIS, France - The doubles quarterfinal line-up has been established at Roland Garros, with seeded teams taking seven of the eight available slots. But just two of those teams were actually meant to make it this far, because four of the top eight pairings were upset in the third round by teams seeded nine through 16.
The biggest casualty of the event so far has been the second-seeded combination of Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond, who fell to Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska in the round of 16. Next up the Polish sisters face ninth-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai. The Asian team, champions at Rome a few weeks ago, advanced at the expense of No.7 seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama.
Co-world No.1s Cara Black and Liezel Huber, still gunning for their First French Open title together, restored order with their third round defeat of No.13 seeds Vania King and Monica Niculescu. The Zimbabwean-American duo now face No.10 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova, who beat fifth seeded Serena and Venus Williams in a marathon, 76(4) 57 76(6).
So far so good too for defending champions Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual. In the last round the third-seeded Spaniards were pushed to three sets by Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Rodionova before setting up a last eight clash with No.11 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Patty Schnyder. The Swiss-German outfit dispatched No.8 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta.
The remaining quarterfinal features No.12 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina. They've snuggled into the spot that should have been filled by Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez. But the Spaniards, who have lifted claycourt trophies at Bogotá, Acapulco and Barcelona this year, were upset in the first round by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Francesca Schiavone.
Azarenka and Vesnina face No.16 seeds Yan Zi and Zheng Jie for a place in the semis. The Chinese stars, who became their country's first Grand Slam champions when they won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2006, were too smooth for fourth seeded Aussies Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs.