Errani & Vinci First Seeded Duo Into QFs
Published March 25, 2012 11:56
MIAMI, FL, USA - Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, the only seeded team in action Sunday at the Sony Ericsson Open, moved into the quarterfinals with a straight set triumph over Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic.
The No.6 seeds were challenged, though, especially during a first set in which they faced three set points on Vinci's serve at 6-5 before rallying to take it in a tie-break. They cruised to a 76(4) 61 victory from there.
Errani and Vinci are quietly producing a superb season, having started the fortnight in second place behind Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in the race to qualify for the WTA Championships. They are now 16-3 on the year, highlighted by titles in Monterrey and Acapulco and a runner-up showing at the Australian Open.
Also advancing were Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez, who had a walkover against Andreja Klepac and Alicja Rosolska due to an ill Rosolska. The Argentines play Vera Dushevina and Shahar Peer in the quarters on Monday.
Another highlight of Monday's schedule is a second round clash between seventh-seeded Kazakhs Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva and Vania King and Monica Niculescu. King and Shvedova have won four titles as a duo, including Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010, but will be on opposite sides of the net this time. King reassured her twitter followers her partnership with Shvedova is not over.
"No, I haven't split with Slava," she tweeted. "She's playing with Galina to prepare for the Olympics. We will be back and are still bffs."