Gisela & Flavia Into QFs
Published March 28, 2010 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - A day after No.1 seeds Cara Black and Liezel Huber were eliminated from the Sony Ericsson Open, No.2 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez were sent home as well.
Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta outlasted the Spaniards in a match tie-break in second round action on Sunday, 46 63 107. It was not a huge surprise, though, as Dulko and Pennetta are now 2-2 all-time in the series between the duos, and three of the four have been extended to match tie-breaks. The only one that was decided in straight sets happened just a couple of weeks ago in Indian Wells, with Llagostera Vives and Martínez Sánchez coming out on top, so Dulko and Pennetta did not have to wait long to exact revenge.
Dulko and Pennetta, who have three Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles together and whose best result so far this year is a quarterfinal showing at the Australian Open, next face Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska, straight set winners over wildcards Kim Clijsters and Kirsten Flipkens.
Also victorious Sunday were third-seeded Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur and Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie, who got past Black and Huber's conquerors - Natalie Grandin and Abigail Spears - despite having a match point against them in the match tie-break of their 64 46 119 victory.
The last two second round matches will be played Monday - No.4 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs against Lika Dekmeijere and Patty Schnyder and No.8 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Peng Shuai versus Indian Wells champions Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.