Upset Averted

Cara Black and Liezel Huber were two points away from being the victims of a major shock during Day 1 of Indian Wells doubles action.

Published March 11, 2010 12:00

Upset Averted
Liezel Huber, Cara Black

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - The top-ranked doubles team in the world was almost stunned by a duo playing their first-ever match together on the first day of main draw action at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.

Cara Black and Liezel Huber survived Sara Errani and Shahar Peer in a match tie-break, 36 62 119. After dropping the first set, the No.1 seeds raced out to a 3-0 lead in the second, which they won comfortably. They were ahead for most of the match tie-break, but had trouble closing it out, losing three match points after taking a 9-6 lead, before finally securing the victory.

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The draw for Black and Huber, who lost in the round of 16 in their two previous appearances here, may have cleared a bit, as No.7 seeds and potential quarterfinal opponents Chuang Chia-Jung and Hsieh Su-Wei were taken down by Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie, 63 63.

The only other matches involving seeded teams took place on the bottom half of the draw, with fifth-seeded Alisa Kleybanova and Francesca Schiavone topping wildcards Melanie Oudin and Shenay Perry, 64 75, and sixth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi defeating Michaella Krajicek and Monica Niculescu, 76(2) 62. Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, a dangerous unseeded team with four Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles together, also advanced.

Among the teams in action Thursday are No.2 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez, No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur and No.4 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs.

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