Aussies Cruise Into Quarterfinals
Published June 27, 2009 09:30
LONDON, UK - The second round wrapped up and the first two third round matches took the court in the doubles event of The Championships on Saturday. Two of the Top 8 seeds were in action, but only one of them got the win.
Sixth seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama, who have reached two Grand Slam finals before, including at the Australian Open this year, were cut far short of reaching a third as Russian combination Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova pulled off a comeback second round victory over them, 46 76(5) 62. Hantuchova and Sugiyama had faced each other the day before in the third round of singles, with Hantuchova prevailing.
Other second round winners were No.10 seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova, No.11 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, No.13 seeds and former Wimbledon champions Yan Zi and Zheng Jie, and Alla Kudryavtseva and Monica Niculescu and Mariya Koryttseva and Tatiana Poutchek, both unseeded pairings.
The first two third round matches were also played, with No.3 seeds Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs routing No.16 seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amélie Mauresmo, 63 62, and No.12 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Vania King earning a 63 63 win over Kaia Kanepi and Ipek Senoglu.
The remaining six quarterfinal berths will be snapped up early in Week 2. Top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber and No.4 seeds the Williams sisters are among those who will have to wait until then to play their third rounds.