Most Seeds Through to Round 2
Published June 25, 2009 09:22
LONDON, UK - First round play in the doubles event at the All-England Club was completed Thursday, with a team accustomed to success here moving on and two more seeded duos being eliminated. Four of the sixteen seeded duos failed to advance to Round 2, though none of those were considered favorites.
Fourth-seeded Venus and Serena Williams, who have only lost one match as a team here, disposed of Frenchwomen Virginie Razzano and Aravane Rezai, 63 63. The 2000, 2002 and 2008 Wimbledon champs will next have to get through Sabine Lisicki and Aleksandra Wozniak to continue the pursuit of their ninth Grand Slam doubles title.
Other seeded winners were No.7 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Elena Vesnina, the Roland Garros runners-up, over Brits Elena Baltacha and Amanda Elliott, 60 64; 10th-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova, winners of two titles together this year, over Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska, 64 76(5); 13th-seeded Chinese Yan Zi and Zheng Jie, the 2006 Australian Open and Wimbledon champs, over Japanese Akiko Morigami and Ayumi Morita, 61 61; and No.15 seeds Chuang Chia-Jung and Sania Mirza over Americans Jill Craybas and Carly Gullickson, 64 62.
The other seeded team to be eliminated Thursday was No.9 seeds Lisa Raymond and Vera Zvonareva, who were trailing 6-5 in the first set to Sara Errani and Carla Suárez Navarro when they retired because of a right ankle injury suffered by the Russian.