Klaudia & Alicja Conquer French Open Titlists

Friday was the first time in Open Era history that the reigning Roland Garros doubles champs lost their Wimbledon opener.

Published June 24, 2011 08:55

Klaudia & Alicja Conquer French Open Titlists
Klaudia Jans, Alicja Rosolska

LONDON, England - Klaudia Jans and Alicja Rosolska have had some nice results in their doubles career together, highlighted by a title at Marbella in 2009 and seven runners-up showings. Success at majors has been rare, though, with their third round appearance at the US Open in 2008 their best result to date.

The Poles made some Grand Slam history, though, in the first round of Wimbledon on Friday. They upended No.7 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, the first time in the Open Era that the French Open champions have been defeated in their Wimbledon opener the same year.

The result isn't that much of an upset, however, as Jans and Rosolska won the only previous encounter between the two teams - in the Linz semis in 2009 - and Hlavackova and Hradecka were also first round losers at their last event in Eastbourne. Opening round seeded winners on Friday were sixth-seeded Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Rodionova and 12th-seeded Chan Yung-Jan and Monica Niculescu.

The second round's first two matches were also played, with no surprises, as No.3 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond routed qualifiers Urszula Radwanska and Arina Rodionova, 61 60, and No.4 seeds Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina edged Renata Voracova and Galina Voskoboeva, 63 57 64.

The remaining rain-interrupted first round matches are among the 13 doubles matches scheduled for Saturday. Alla Kudryavtseva, still yet to play her first round match alongside Olga Govortsova, expessed her frustration with the weather with this playful tweet: "How did you do in Wimbledon '11? Oh, was a great year, got deep into the second week! Semis? No, second round doubles!"

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