Maria & Victoria Vanquished In Round 2
Published October 05, 2011 08:55
BEIJING, China - The doubles event at the China Open experienced its biggest upset so far when Anabel Medina Garrigues and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upended No.5 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko during Wednesday's second round action.
Medina Garrigues and Pavlyuchenkova, who are paired up for the first time this week, jumped out to a 62 42 lead. However, Azarenka and Kirilenko took the next four games to force a match tie-break, where Medina Garrigues and Pavlyuchenkova prevailed for a 62 46 106 triumph, setting up a clash with top-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik. It was not only just the fifth defeat in 34 matches this year for Azarenka and Kirilenko but the first time in their career as a duo that they failed to advance to the quarterfinals. Interestingly enough, Azarenka will get a chance for a measure of revenge on Thursday when she takes on Pavlyuchenkova in singles.
No.3 seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta were pushed but steered clear of also being upset victims. Last year's runners-up got past Hsieh Su-Wei and Galina Voskoboeva, 64 76(4), despite trailing 5-3 in the second set and having three set points against them at 6-5 on Dulko's serve. Dulko and Pennetta will square off with No.7 seeds Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie next.
Also Wednesday, fourth-seeded Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova and eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova and Agnieszka Radwanska set up a quarterfinal encounter with victories. King and Shvedova rolled past Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, 61 62, and Hantuchova and Radwanska beat Jarmila Gajdosova and Andreja Klepac, 64 75.
All four quarterfinals will be played Thursday, with Dulko and Pennetta and King and Shvedova seeking more wins to aid their efforts in qualifying for one of the two remaining spots in the draw at the season-ending TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2011.