Bethanie & Meghann Among Beaten Seeds In Doubles
Published June 27, 2011 09:02
LONDON, England - On a day when there were several stunning upsets in singles at Wimbledon, the results in doubles may have been even more remarkable, with only four of the nine seeded teams in action moving on.
The greatest shock was No.1 seeds and Grand Slam specialists Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, 17-1 in majors coming into this match and the defending Wimbledon champions, being taken down by Sabine Lisicki and Samantha Stosur, 64 63.
"Some days hurt more than others. Today is one of those days," King tweeted.
In their brief career together, Lisicki and Stosur are still undefeated, having won four matches en route to the title in Stuttgart earlier this year and now two more at the All-England Club. Lisicki is no stranger to upset victories this fortnight, having upended No.3 seed Li Na in the second round in singles.
The other major second round upset on Monday was Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja getting past fifth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy, 36 63 62. Next up for the Spaniards are Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, whom they beat in the final of Marbella earlier this year for their second career title. Also, 12th-seeded Chan Yung-Jan and Monica Niculescu were beaten by Kimiko Date-Krumm and Zhang Shuai and 16th-seeded Olga Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva went down at the hands of Angelique Kerber and Christina McHale.
The seeds that did advance were No.6 seeds Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Rodionova, No.8 seeds Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie, No.13 seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Agnieszka Radwanska and No.14 seeds Cara Black and Shahar Peer.
The first third round match of the tournament was also played Wednesday, and sure enough, it was an upset. Lucky losers Marina Erakovic and Tamarine Tanasugarn routed 10th-seeded Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 62 61.