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US Open No.20 For Raymond Off To Strong Start

Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond made short work of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears on the first day of doubles play.

Published August 31, 2011 11:22

US Open No.20 For Raymond Off To Strong Start
Lisa Raymond

NEW YORK, NY, USA - It was an extremely busy first day of doubles action Wednesday at the US Open, with 16 matches on court, and seeds going 8-2.

Third-seeded Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, fourth-seeded Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond and sixth-seeded Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina were especially dominant, losing nine games combined.

King and Shvedova handled Petra Cetkovska and Renata Voracova, 61 62, the 18th victory in 20 career Grand Slam matches for the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open champions.

Huber and Raymond weren't challenged much more by Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, winning, 62 62. "Thanks for the support out on Court 4 today," tweeted Raymond, who is in the doubles draw here for the 20th year, having taken the title twice. "Love playing here and looking forward to the next one already!"

Mirza and Vesnina, runners-up at Roland Garros and semifinalists at Wimbledon earlier this summer, were even more dominant, routing wildcards Samantha Crawford and Madison Keys, 62 60, in just 43 minutes.

Also moving on were French Open champions and No.8 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, No.9 seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, No.12 seeds María José Martínez Sánchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues, No.14 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja and No.16 seeds Jarmila Gajdosova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

"Had fun playing with my partner, Jarmila," Mattek-Sands tweeted. "Found out she gets super excited with high floaters at the net. Watch out for that swing!"

The two seeds to fall were 10th-seeded Chan Yung-Jan and Anastasia Rodionova, who were beaten, 46 64 76(7), by Andreja Klepac and Anna Tatishvili, and 13th-seeded Chuang Chia-Jung and Olga Govortsova, who went down, 62 62, at the hands of Liga Dekmeijere and Jelena Jankovic.

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