Coin & King Fight Back
Published March 26, 2010 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - After rain hit Miami on Friday afternoon, the doubles schedule was severely cut down to make room for the rest of the matches. But two were completed before the skies opened, sending some tricky pairs into the second round of the team event at the $4.5-million Sony Ericsson Open.
Liga Dekmeijere and Patty Schnyder were the first team to make it through, beating Vera Dushevina and Anastasia Rodionova, 63 36 105. Dekmeijere and Schnyder have had success in the past, their best result being reaching the final of Charleston a year ago. Their next opponents could be No.4 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, whose match was one of the postponed ones.
After the rain stopped, Julie Coin and Vania King were the other duo to advance, beating Alona Bondarenko and Galina Voskoboeva, also in a match tie-break, 57 64 108. Coin and King were down 75 42 and faced 0-30 on Coin's serve in the next game before pulling off the comeback win, even rallying from 4-7 in the breaker. Next up is Klaudia Jans and Vladimira Uhlirova.
"I was really excited to win today's match because we had never played together before. We had both been waiting a few days for the doubles," King said. "We had so many chances in the first set, and of course, after you take a long rain delay break just to finish a tie-break, we all know anything can happen!
"I had a lot of fun on the court with her. I can probably say with certainty that she is one of the nicest players on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour."
King has had a strong season in doubles, the Memphis title with Michaella Krajicek being the highlight there; she has also had a strong season in singles, highlighted by a quarterfinal finish in Monterrey and a near-win over Caroline Wozniacki at Indian Wells two weeks ago - she led 4-1 in the third.
The young American is also enjoying her time in Miami: "I did a lot before my singles, perhaps too much! But I had an amazing time. My friend came to stay with me and we can definitely recommend a few places to go to! I like Miami because it has so much character, even if I sometimes don't prefer the attitude or lifestyle it promotes, it is definitely worth visiting or going on holidays to!"
Among the other teams whose matches were postponed were co-world No.1s and top seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber and the unseeded team of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who are coming off their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.