World No.1s Ousted
Published March 27, 2010 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - Cara Black and Liezel Huber's quest for their first Sony Ericsson Open doubles title together will have to wait another year now, after the No.1-ranked duo lost their first round match on Saturday.
Co-ranked No.1 in the world and the top seeds at the $4.5-million event, Black and Huber were ousted by South African-American duo Natalie Grandin and Abigail Spears, 36 64 107. Things looked much different earlier in the match, as they led 63 42 with points for 63 52 before their opponents rallied back - they even led 5-2 in the match tie-break before ultimately tumbling.
"Today we had a tough match against two experienced veteran doubles players, and they played a solid match. So, we learn from our wins and even more from our losses," Huber said. "I am putting my racquets away for a few days and jumping on my race bike tomorrow... I will be training for my next triathlon on April 10! What better place to train than in sunny Miami!
"I can't wait for our next Fed Cup tie. Team USA against Russia!"
Although the No.1 seeds were ousted, another emerging team had little to no trouble in advancing. Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, coming off their first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title together at Indian Wells, needed just 58 minutes to beat Tathiana Garbin and Virginia Ruano Pascual, 62 60.
In other first round matches, No.4 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs and No.8 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Peng Shuai moved on, while No.6 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi were ousted by Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska. No.5 seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Francesca Schiavone won their match, the first second round match to be played.