Errani & Vinci Dismiss Dulko & Pennetta
Published September 05, 2011 11:47
NEW YORK, NY, USA - No.15 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci pulled off the biggest upset of the US Open doubles event so far by beating No.2 seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, 46 75 62, in third round action on Monday.
Errani and Vinci had failed to win a set in their two previous encounters with Dulko and Pennetta, but by turning the tides reached the quarters in a major for the first time on their seventh try. Next up for the Italians are Daniela Hantuchova and Agnieszka Radwanska, who will also be playing their first Grand Slam quarterfinal together, albeit on just their third try. Hantuchova and Radwanska are the only unseeded duo remaining.
Top-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik and fifth-seeded Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova had convincing performances to set up a quarterfinal involving the two teams having surrendered the least amount of games so far. Peschke and Srebotnik overwhelmed Hsieh Su-Wei and Galina Voskoboeva, 63 61, and Kirilenko and Petrova handled 12th-seeded María José Martínez Sánchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues, 62 63. The Russians, who are paired up at a major for the first time, are now 12-2 all-time together, with one of those losses being at the hands of Peschke and Srebotnik.
No.3 seeds and defending champions Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova upped their record at majors to 20-2 with a 64 62 victory over wildcards Jessica Pegula and Taylor Townsend. That set up a clash with No.8 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, the French Open titlists who gave King and Shvedova their first defeat at a Slam in the semifinals of Roland Garros.
Also squaring off in the quarters will be two of Sunday's winners, fourth-seeded Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond and ninth-seeded Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Huber and Raymond bested 16th-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 62 76(5), while Benesova and Zahlavova Strycova edged sixth-seeded Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina, 76(4) 76(5). The Czechs are playing their 16th major together and are into the final eight for the first time.