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Cara, Liezel Cruise in Round 1

Second-seeded Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual also advanced.

Published June 24, 2009 09:25

Cara, Liezel Cruise in Round 1
Liezel Huber, Cara Black

LONDON, UK - Six of the eight seeded doubles teams in first round action at the All-England Club on Wednesday advanced, including top-seeded Cara Black and Liezel Huber.

Black and Huber, co-ranked No.1 in the world and seeking their third Wimbledon title together and fifth Grand Slam, had a surprisingly easy time with Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, who were champs in Estoril in May. The 61 64 victory set up a second round match with Poles Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska, who won Marbella in April.

Second-seeded Spaniards Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, fresh off their second straight Roland Garros title, but seeking their first Grand Slam title elsewhere, got past Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 76(3) 63. Third-seeded Australians Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs, still seeking their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together after pairing up at the start of this year, disposed of Brits Sarah Borwell and Anne Keothavong, 62 63.

Eleventh-seeded Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, who have three titles on Tour this year, defeated Akgul Amanmuradova and Julie Coin, 62 67(8) 62. No.12 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Vania King took down Melinda Czink and Natalie Grandin, 64 63, to set up a clash with British wildcards Jocelyn Rae and Meanie South, who surprisingly beat 2008 Australian Open champs Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko, 61 76(4). No.16 seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amélie Mauresmo, runners-up here in 2005, topped German qualifiers Tatjana Malek and Andrea Petkovic, 63 64.

Two seeded teams went down Wednesday. Kaia Kanepi and Ipek Senoglu eliminated eighth-seeded Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta, 63 76(4), and Yaroslava Shvedova and Tamarine Tanasugarn stymied No.14 seeds Nathalie Dechy and Mara Santangelo, winners of three Tour titles this year, 63 63.

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