Kirilenko & Petrova Conquer Fellow Russians
Published March 27, 2012 11:31
MIAMI, FL, USA - The two seeded teams remaining in an upset-ridden doubles draw at the Sony Ericsson Open, No.5 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova and No.6 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, both advanced in straight sets on Tuesday.
Kirilenko and Petrova were extremely familiar with their second round opponents and fellow Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva. Kirilenko had played Kuznetsova a combined nine times in singles and doubles and Zvonareva a combined nine times. Petrova had played Kuznetsova a combined 16 times and Zvonareva a combined 15 times. However, the Kirilenko and Petrova duo had never played the Kuznetsova and Zvonareva duo before.
After racing through the first set, Kirilenko and Petrova fell behind 4-1 in the second before reeling off four straight games to take a 5-4 lead. Kirilenko was then broken at love, but she and Petrova broke Kuznetsova at love and Petrova held at love - finishing with two aces - to clinch the 61 75 triumph. It was Kirilenko and Petrova's 20th win together against six losses.
As for Errani and Vinci, they recorded a comfortable 63 63 quarterfinal win over Ekaterina Makarova and Zheng Jie. With three straight set victories so far this fortnight, the Italians are now 17-3 on the year. Their semifinal opponents will be Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez. In their only previous match-up with the Argentines, Errani and Vinci were victorious in the semifinals of Monterrey earlier this year.
The quarters will be completed Wednesday, with Kirilenko and Petrova taking on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova and Anabel Medina Garrigues and Flavia Pennetta playing Vania King and Monica Niculescu.