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Liezel Conquers Cara In Doubles QFs

Liezel Huber and Nadia Petrova are through to the Australian Open semis, where they'll take on the top-ranked duo in the world.

Published January 25, 2011 04:13

Liezel Conquers Cara In Doubles QFs
Liezel Huber, Nadia Petrova

MELBOURNE, Australia - Doubles legends Cara Black and Liezel Huber had competed against one another 12 times with various partners before their quarterfinal showdown at the Australian Open, with Black dominating the series, winning nine of them, including four straight.

However, on Tuesday, Huber turned the tides, as she and Nadia Petrova eliminated Black and Anastasia Rodionova, 61 64. Black, who has spent the second most weeks in WTA history as the top-ranked doubles player, and Huber, who has spent the third most, dissolved their legendary partnership that produced 29 titles, including four Grand Slams, last spring. Since then, they've had varying degrees of success with different partners (Black is now 26-15 since the split, while Huber is 40-15), but Huber has been more successful in majors.

Cara Black
Event Partner Result
2010 French Open Elena Vesnina R16
2010 Wimbledon Daniela Hantuchova R16
2010 US Open Anastasia Rodionova SF
2011 Australian Open Anastasia Rodionova QF

Liezel Huber
Event Partner Result
2010 French Open Anabel Medina Garrigues SF
2010 Wimbledon Bethanie Mattek-Sands SF
2010 US Open Nadia Petrova R-Up
2011 Australian Open Nadia Petrova ?


In Wednesday's semifinals, third-seeded Huber and Petrova will take on Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, whose straight set quarterfinal win over Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova assured them of remaining the top-ranked doubles team in the world regardless of who wins the Australian Open. Neither team in that semifinal match-up has dropped a set all fortnight.

The other semifinal will see No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik battle No.12 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko. Peschke and Srebotnik were straight set winners over Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy, whom they were upset by in the round of 16 at last year's US Open, and Azarenka and Kirilenko edged Chuang Chia-Jung and Hsieh Su-Wei in three sets.

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