Peschke & Srebotnik's Streak Snapped
Published August 10, 2011 11:11
TORONTO, Canada - In their partnership that dates back to 2004, Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja have posted some impressive results, highlighted by two titles. However, their victory on Wednesday in the second round of the Rogers Cup may have been their most noteworthy one yet. The Spaniards defeated top-ranked Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, 36 64 1412, putting an end to the No.1 seeds' 14-match winning streak that included titles at Eastbourne, Wimbledon and Carlsbad.
Peschke and Srebotnik fought until the end, though, falling just short in a 21-minute match tie-break featuring lots of momentum shifts. Llagostera Vives and Parra Santonja went out to a 7-4 lead before losing four straight points. The Spaniards had their first match points at 9-8 and 10-9, but Peschke and Srebotnik rallied and had a match point of their own at 11-10. Llagostera Vives and Parra Santonja again took the lead at 12-11, but the tie-break was extended once again before they finally put it away on their fourth match point.
Peschke and Srebotnik weren't the only team bitten by the upset bug, as all three seeded teams in first round action went down. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won the last three points of the match tie-break to get past fifth-seeded Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina, 26 60 107, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears survived seventh-seeded Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 36 75 107, and Kimiko Date-Krumm and Zhang Shuai took out eighth-seeded Chan Yung-Jan and Anastasia Rodionova, 75 63.