Doubles SFs Take Shape
Published March 31, 2010 12:00
MIAMI, FL, USA - Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur have had plenty of success alongside other players during their Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles careers. With each passing tournament in 2010 - their first year playing together - they are finding increasing success with each other.
Petrova and Stosur routed Julie Coin and Vania King in Sony Ericsson Open quarterfinal action Tuesday, 63 62, and have yet to drop a set in three matches this fortnight. Petrova, who won this tournament in 2004 with Meghann Shaughnessy, and Stosur, who won it in 2006 and 2007 with Lisa Raymond, are playing just their fourth career event together. They were first round losers in January's Australian Open, semifinalists in Dubai in February, then runners-up two weeks ago in Indian Wells. So if the trend of improved results in each event continues, they will be holding the winners' trophies on Sunday in Miami.
In Friday's semifinals, the third-seeded Petrova and Stosur will play Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie, who disposed of eighth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Peng Shuai, 63 62, on Wednesday. Chan and Zheng will be no easy foes, as in their three career events together - all in 2010 - they were quarterfinalists in Dubai, champions in Kuala Lumpur and semifinalists in Indian Wells.
Two other teams also have secured semifinal spots. No.4 seeds Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs - champions here in 2002 - defeated No.5 seeds Alisa Kleybanova and Francesca Schiavone, 64 63, on Tuesday. Next up for them are Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, who came back from a 5-2 deficit and fought off a set point against them in the second set of their 63 75 victory over Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska.