Defending Champs Dulko & Pennetta Into QFs
Published August 11, 2011 11:04
TORONTO, Canada - A day after top-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik suffered a stunning upset at the Rogers Cup, defending champions Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta almost joined them on the sidelines.
After splitting the first two sets against Marina Erakovic and Julia Goerges, Dulko and Pennetta trailed 6-5 in the match tie-break, but then reeled off five straight points to secure a 46 62 106 triumph.
"Nice win today," Dulko tweeted. "Was a really tough match against Erakovic and Goerges. Tough conditions as well, very windy!"
Next up for the No.2 seeds are Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska, whom they just beat last week in the first round of Carlsbad. Dulko and Pennetta will be looking to put a disappointing trend behind them, as they have lost in the quarterfinals of five straight events.
The other seeded team in action Thursday, fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko, were up 4-1 in the first set on Ana Ivanovic and Andrea Petkovic when the Serb-German duo had to retire because of a left wrist injury suffered by Ivanovic. Azarenka and Kirilenko, who have now won 16 of their past 17 matches, will take on Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova in the quarters.
Also securing quarterfinal berths were Vera Dushevina and Lucie Hradecka and Hsieh Su-Wei and Galina Voskoboeva. It was an especially productive day for Voskoboeva, who earlier got the biggest win of her singles career by beating No.5 in the world Maria Sharapova.