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Huber & Raymond Roll In Rome

Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond ended their losing streak at two with a rout of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza on Wednesday.

Published May 16, 2012 08:59

Huber & Raymond Roll In Rome
Liezel Huber, Lisa Raymond

ROME, Italy - Top-seeded Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond put their upset defeat in Madrid behind them with a routine win on Wednesday in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.

Huber and Raymond lost their first three matches after joining forces in 2011 before catching fire and becoming one of the WTA's most dominant teams. However, after dropping their semifinal in Charleston last month and opener in Madrid last week, they were in danger of their second career three-match skid.

On top of that, they had to get their Rome campaign started against the dangerous duo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands - who has a career-high doubles ranking of No.11 - and Sania Mirza - who topped out at No.7. Entering the match, Huber and Raymond were 3-0 against Mattek-Sands and her partners and 2-3 against Mirza and her partners. In their first encounter with them teamed up, Huber and Raymond recorded an emphatic 61 63 triumph.

If Dominika Cibulkova and Janette Husarova can get past No.7 seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova, it would set up a quarterfinal against Huber and Raymond in a rematch of the dramatic Madrid showdown won by Cibulkova and Husarova, 15-13, in a match tie-break.

Also victorious were Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone. The Italians let a 3-0 second set lead slip away against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic before holding on for a 63 64 victory. Pennetta and Schiavone will have their hands full in the second round on Thursday against second-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.

Also on Thursday's schedule is a second round clash between No.3 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez.

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