No.1 Team Into Semis
Published June 02, 2009 09:53
PARIS, France - Doubles action went according to form in the quarterfinals of the French Open, with the favored teams all recording victories.
Leading the way were Cara Black and Liezel Huber - co-ranked No.1 in the world and the No.1 seeds. A win at Roland Garros, the one major that has eluded them, would put their Grand Slam haul at five, having won the 2005 Wimbledon, 2007 Australian Open and Wimbledon and 2008 US Open. They already have three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles this year and 25 in their career as a team.
Black and Huber eased past 10th-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova, 63 63, to set up a semifinal showdown on Wednesday with third-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, who got past 11th-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Patty Schnyder, 76(2) 62.
Black and Huber, who are the only team in this event yet to drop a set, have a 3-1 edge in the career series with Medina Garrigues and Ruano Pascual, including a win in the semis at last year's US Open, however, the Spaniards were victorious in the semis of last year's French Open on their way to one of their four career titles as a team and their only Grand Slam.
On the bottom half of the draw, 12th-seeded Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina, both seeking their fourth doubles title, though first with each other, edged the 16th-seeded Chinese team of Yan Zi and Zheng Jie, 64 46 62, to set up a final four clash on Wednesday with Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai. The ninth-seeded Asians, who have won one title together, rallied from 5-3 down in the third set to survive Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska, 26 64 75.