Raymond & Stubbs Oust No.1 Seeds
Published August 14, 2010 12:00
CINCINNATI, OH, USA - The Top 2 seeded teams were bundled out in the doubles semifinals, leaving one veteran pair and one green pair to fight it out for the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open.
Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, the No.4 seeds, were the first team to move through, upsetting No.1 seeds Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova, 75 62. Raymond and Stubbs had a rough patch in the first set, losing five of six games to see their 3-0 lead become 4-5 - but didn't have much more trouble.
"We played incredibly solid," Stubbs said after the match. "We served really well, returned great and played well on the important points. We're happy with everything that went on today and very excited about tomorrow."
"It was huge for us to get that first set under our belt before the rain delay," Raymond said. "We're playing well. We made the finals last week too."
"Lisa and I have played so much together, and since Eastbourne we've been really showing our best tennis again," Stubbs added. "We're in great shape, our movement is great and we almost know what the other one is going to do."
Raymond and Stubbs will be going for their second title of the year, after Eastbourne. They are seeking their 34th career title together.
In the second semifinal, No.2 seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta came out on fire, going up 2-0 and holding points for 3-0; but Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko rose from the ashes, taking 12 of the next 13 games for a 62 61 win. Pennetta held serve in the second game of the second set, although Azarenka and Kirilenko did hold two game points in that game as well.
Azarenka and Kirilenko will be going for their first title together.