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Defending Champs Dulko & Pennetta Dominant

Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta advanced to the third round of the Australian Open, but Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik went down.

Published January 21, 2012 04:36

Defending Champs Dulko & Pennetta Dominant
Gisela Dulko, Flavia Pennetta

MELBOURNE, Australia - On a day in which there were several surprises, Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta were convincing winners in second round doubles play on Saturday at the Australian Open.

Dulko and Pennetta were on a three match losing streak coming into this week and were extended to three sets in their first round victory, but showed more of the form that carried them to the title here last year in their 62 62 defeat of Spaniards Sílvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suárez Navarro. Next up for the No.4 seeds is a showdown with dangerous Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva.

Sixth-seeded Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina got past Eva Birnerova and Alberta Brianti, 75 75, to set up a clash with 12th-seeded Jarmila Gajdosova, 57 63 63 victors over Dominika Cibulkova and Jill Craybas. Seventh-seeded Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka beat Petra Cetkovska and Stéphanie Foretz Gacon, 75 63. Eighth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova and Agnieszka Radwanska had their first career double bagel win over Tamira Paszek and Jasmin Woehr. Their draw opened up when potential quarterfinal opponents Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik retired in the first set of their match with Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Makarova because of a right hip injury suffered by Srebotnik.

In addition to the No.1 seeds exiting the event, three others seeded duos did as well. No.9 seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova were bested by Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu, who are fresh off their first title in their first event together last week in Hobart. Also, No.10 seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova were edged by Rika Fujiwara and Ayumi Morita, and No.14 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Galina Voskoboeva were taken down by Petra Martic and Kristina Mladenovic.

Mixed doubles first round winners included fifth-seeded Elena Vesnina and Leander Paes, eighth-seeded Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau, Jelena Jankovic and Bernard Tomic and Liezel Huber and Colin Fleming.

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