Doubles: Sveta, Alicia Out
Published March 24, 2010 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - The first doubles match of the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open was played Wednesday and it featured an intriguing match-up of veterans.
Unseeded but dangerous Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, who have three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles as a duo, took on wildcards Svetlana Kuznetsova and Alicia Molik. Kuznetsova and Molik won this event the only other time they played in it together in 2005, the same year they also won the Australian Open. Kuznetsova, the top seed here in singles, won again last year alongside Amélie Mauresmo.
There will be no repeat title for the Russian, though, as Dulko and Pennetta lost only two games the rest of the way after falling behind, 3-1, in the opening set en route to a 64 61 victory. The road does not get any easier for Dulko and Pennetta, as they next play the winner of Thursday's clash between No.2 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez and Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who have won four career Tour titles together.