A Return To Glory?
Published June 28, 2010 12:00
Despite 32 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour titles together from 1996-2005, including three Grand Slams, Raymond and Stubbs parted ways after their first round defeat at the All-England Club in 2005. They did not reunite until the start of this year and amid up and down results, it appeared they were no longer a threat for major titles. However, they opened some eyes with their first title of 2010 in Eastbourne the week before Wimbledon. After a tough three-setter in their first round match here, the No.7 seeds had an easier time in the second round and then had surprisingly little trouble in the third round Monday, routing No.11 seeds Cara Black and Daniela Hantuchova, 62 62.
See where the remaining competitors reside on our doubles rankings!Next up for Raymond and Stubbs are fifth-seeded Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who edged 16th-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei and Alla Kudryavtseva in a tight three-setter. There was a significant upset on Monday, in fact the biggest so far of the tournament, as Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, who are playing just their third career event together, eliminated third-seeded Nadia Petrova and Sam Stosur, 64 64. Awaiting them in the quarterfinals are sixth-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.
Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta advanced when their opponents, Jelena Jankovic and Chanelle Scheepers had to withdraw because of the low back injury the Serb suffered in singles earlier in the day. Next up for the No.4 seeds are Julia Goerges and Agnes Szavay, straight set winners over Akgul Amanmuradova and Kristina Barrois.
The last of the third round matches will be played Tuesday, with 12th-seeded Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova taking on Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva. The winner will play the Williams sisters in the quarters.