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Anastasia & Cara Tough It Out

Anastasia Rodionova and Cara Black went the distance to beat a talented American pair.

Published August 17, 2010 12:00

Anastasia & Cara Tough It Out
Anastasia Rodionova, Cara Black

MONTRÉAL, Canada - Two seeded teams took the courts of Uniprix Stadium on Tuesday but only one survived, as the first round of doubles continued.

Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova, the No.7 seeds, were the victorious pair, beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy in a match tie-break, 75 67(5) 108. Black and Rodionova rallied from 1-5 to take the first set, then won a pair of clutch points from 8-all in the breaker to clinch victory.

"Today was a great win for Anastasia and myself. We were a little slow out of the blocks, but we really picked up our game for the rest of the match," Black said. "Meghann and Bethanie played really well and it was great tennis and an all round great match to watch. I was happy to be a part of it."

Black, who has spent 163 career weeks as the No.1 doubles player in the world, second only to Martina Navratilova's 237, reached the quarters of Cincinnati last week with Rodionova and is looking for more matches with the Russian-born Australian leading into the upcoming US Open.

"I'm really enjoying playing with Anastasia," Black added. "We are working hard on fine tuning our game and every match we get to play leading up to the Open we are learning more and more about how to play with each other."

See who else has spent time at No.1 in doubles in the Press Center.

Alisa Kleybanova and Ekaterina Makarova, the No.5 seeds, fell to Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yan Zi, 46 76(4) 108. It was an upset but Medina Garrigues and Yan have won Grand Slams in doubles with other partners, Medina Garrigues winning the French twice with Virginia Ruano Pascual and Yan winning one Australian and one Wimbledon with Zheng Jie.

Other winners were Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin, two-time title winners this summer, and Monica Niculescu and Shahar Peer.

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