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Peschke & Srebotnik's Charleston Rebound

One of the world's top doubles teams has reached its sixth semifinal of the year in Charleston.

Published April 08, 2011 12:00

Peschke & Srebotnik's Charleston Rebound
Katarina Srebotnik, Kveta Peschke

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - One of the top doubles teams in the world has been getting back on the winning track at this week's Family Circle Cup, following some unfortunate early losses at tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.

Peschke and Srebotnik were seeded No.2 in Indian Wells and won the first set of their first round match handily, but then Srebotnik was hit in the eye with a ball and they went on to lose to Polish duo Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska, 16 62 105. In Miami and seeded No.2 again, Peschke and Srebotnik lost first round, this time to Israel-Chinese pair Shahar Peer and Peng Shuai, 75 76(6).

"We had unlucky things happen in Indian Wells and Miami," Srebotnik said. "First the eye and then such a tough draw with Peer and Peng. It was too bad because we had such a good start to the year, but we knew it would get better."

Just as they thought, things have gotten better. They lost just two games in their first round match at the Family Circle Cup, beating Vera Dushevina and Tatiana Poutchek, 61 61, and won their quarterfinal Thursday, beating a pair of very big servers, Julia Goerges and Nadia Petrova, 63 75.

"Tonight was tougher than our first match but we've been playing well again. We hope to keep going," Srebotnik said. "We feel good in Charleston. This really is one of the best tournaments as far as organization goes. They're so good to us.

"Tomorrow we have a day off. We have some activities to do for the tournament and we'll practice too, and prepare for our semifinal match on Saturday."

Next up for Peschke and Srebotnik, who are the No.1 seeds this week, will be No.4 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy.

The other two quarterfinals take place on Friday, pitting Indian Wells champions Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina against Russian-Australian partnership Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova, and Chinese duo Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie against American duo Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

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