Gullicksons Oust No.6 Seeds
Published August 09, 2010 12:00
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - The doubles event at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open kicked off on Monday, with the first seeded team in action falling under the lights on Cincinnati's Center Court.
Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova, who have a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles title to their credit - at Fès last year - as well as a final at the same event the year before, were the No.6 seeds in Cincy but didn't last long, falling to Americans Carly and Chelsea Gullickson in a match tie-break, 36 61 108.
Kleybanova and Makarova won the first set but couldn't maintain their success from there, losing the second set in 29 minutes and quickly falling behind 6-1 in the breaker, catching up somewhat but eventually falling to the wildcard pair.
Carly Gullickson, 23, has two career doubles titles on the Tour, as well as one Grand Slam - the mixed at last year's US Open. Chelsea Gullickson, 19, is playing her first main draw of any kind on the Tour (her only previous Tour appearance was playing the US Open qualifying in singles in 2006).
The other matches both ended in 64 76(5) scorelines, with Julie Coin and Lucie Hradecka beating Jill Craybas and Edina Gallovits and Sania Mirza and Monica Niculescu beating Jamie Hampton and Melanie Oudin.
World No.1 doubles player Liezel Huber is playing with Nadia Petrova as the No.1 seeds this week. Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta are the No.2 seeds. Also among the favorites are Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik (No.3 seeds), Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs (No.4 seeds) and Wimbledon champions Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova (No.5 seeds).