Huber & Raymond's Winning Beginning
Published May 17, 2011 12:00
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Two of the most accomplished doubles players on the WTA got on the winning track together at the Brussels Open on Tuesday, as Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond won their first round match against some fellow Americans at the inaugural Premier-level tournament in Belgium.
Both former No.1s in the team discipline, Huber and Raymond joined forces for the first time at the beginning of April. Their first three tournaments didn't go as well as they had hoped - they lost opening matches at Charleston, Madrid and Rome. But an encouraging sign was that two of those losses came to the eventual champions and in Madrid they lost to the eventual semifinalists.
With a slightly less harsh draw in Brussels they got a checkmark in the winning column, rallying from a 5-1 first set deficit and eventually beating Irina Falconi and Coco Vandeweghe in a competitive two-setter, 76(5) 75.
"Lisa and I had a good comeback victory today!" Huber said afterwards. "Even though were were down in the first set we remained calm, kept encouraging each other and played the key points well. Tomorrow we'll have a chance at another match. It's very exciting stuff - we are also loving the city of Brussels!"
"Liezel and I came last minute to Brussels to get some matches and we're so happy we have," Raymond said. "It's nice to get our first win together.
"We want to use this week to build on it."
Huber has 44 WTA doubles titles to her name, including four Grand Slams; Raymond has 70 WTA doubles titles to her name, including five Grand Slams.