Published March 11, 2010 12:00
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.
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.