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Huber & Raymond Win Streak Strikes 12

Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond were victorious on a perfect day for seeds as the first round of Indian Wells doubles play wrapped up.

Published March 09, 2012 10:59

Huber & Raymond Win Streak Strikes 12
Liezel Huber, Lisa Raymond

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - In winning her 12th straight match alongside Liezel Huber on Friday at the BNP Paribas Open, Lisa Raymond ended a streak she was more than happy to put behind her.

Since tying Lindsay Davenport for the Indian Wells record with her sixth doubles title here in 2007, Raymond had lost her opener at this event four straight years - each time with a different partner. There was little chance of that streak reaching five considering how well she and Huber were playing entering this year's event, as they were coming off consecutive titles in Paris, Doha and Dubai.

Still, the top-seeded Americans were challenged a bit, letting a 5-3 second set lead slip away before eventually securing a 63 75 victory over Ekaterina Makarova and Zheng Jie.

"Nice to get my first win at the BNP Paribas Open in four years! Even nicer to do it in front of a packed house," Raymond tweeted.

Huber and Raymond will try to make it 13 in a row against Marina Erakovic and Monica Niculescu in the second round. Huber's career-best doubles win streak is 22, set in 2007 alongside Cara Black. Raymond's is 24, set in 2001 and 2002 with Lindsay Davenport and Rennae Stubbs.

No.5 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have an impressive streak of their own going, as their 64 75 defeat of Nina Bratchikova and Kveta Peschke was their ninth consecutive win, having captured their last two events in Monterrey and Acapulco. Next up for the Italians is a showdown with Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova. After her marathon singles triumph over Mona Barthel on Friday, Azarenka spoke about her union with Kvitova.

"We played our first match yesterday," Azarenka said. "It was a great experience and we had a lot of fun. It was really easy-going. It's great to have a partner who can hit so hard that I don't need to do anything. She hit some shots so hard, I didn't even see the ball."

Also Friday, second-seeded Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina beat Vera Dushevina and Shahar Peer, 75 62, exacting revenge for a loss to them in Doha last month. Mirza and Vesnina, the defending champions, are now 12-0 in sets as a duo at this event.

Just two doubles matches are on Saturday's schedule, with No.3 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka and No.7 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja taking the court.

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