Two Teams Into Semis
Published September 09, 2009 12:26
NEW YORK, NY, USA - A pair of Australians and a pair of Russians secured semifinal spots as doubles action continued Tuesday at the US Open.
Third-seeded Samantha Stosur and Rennae Stubbs, who have yet to drop a set during this tournament, recorded a routine 62 63 victory over eighth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova. The Aussies have yet to capture a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together, however, they do have three runner-up finishes this year, including at Wimbledon. They await the winner of Wednesday's match between top-seeded Cara Black and Liezel Huber, the defending champions, and sixth-seeded Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez.
Tuesday's other quarterfinal saw No.13 seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova, who won their lone Tour title together earlier this year in Fès, outlast No.10 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina, 63 26 64, in an all-Russian affair. The victors' best Grand Slam result prior to this event was a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon this year. They could really have their hands full in the semis, as they will play the winner of Wednesday's other quarterfinal between No.4 seeds Serena Williams and Venus Williams, who have already secure won Grand Slam titles in 2009 at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and No.11 seeds Yan Zi and Zheng Jie.