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Leading Teams Safely Into Third Round

No.4 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were among the second round winners on an upset-free day of doubles at Roland Garros.

Published May 31, 2012 09:40

Leading Teams Safely Into Third Round
Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani

PARIS, France - After the shock exit of Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 24 hours earlier, it was business as usual for the leading doubles teams at the French Open on Thursday.

With the top seeds now gone, the draw is wide open in Paris, and No.4 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have as good a chance as any of lifting the title. No team has been more successful this year than the Italian duo, who made it safely through to the last 16 in Paris with a routine 64 62 win over Timea Babos and Hsieh Su-Wei.

Next up for Errani and Vinci will be the scratch pairing of Nina Bratchikova and Edina Gallovits-Hall, who after accounting for No.4 seeds Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round continued their surprise run with a one-sided 63 62 triumph over Eleni Daniilidou and Mandy Minella.

The only other team to make it through to the third round in the top half was the dangerous unseeded team of Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone. The Italians have not been playing together long but already seem to have the makings of a successful partnership; their latest win saw them overcome a slow start to see off Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska, 36 64 62.

Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the draw, there were wins for the No.2 seeds, Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, and the defending champions, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

Peschke and Srebotnik have had an up and down season so far, but seem to be running into form at just the right time. They made a cautious start against Olga Govortsova and Galina Voskoboeva on Thursday but once they were into their stride it was one-way traffic, advancing to the third round in Paris for the third straight year courtesy of a 75 61 win.

Hlavackova and Hradecka had a slightly tighter affair, but still had too much for Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic, whom they beat, 64 63. In the third round they meet Liga Dekmeijere and Tamarine Tanasugarn, who caused the only shock of the day with a 64 64 win over No.10 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

Also advancing were No.7 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, 64 62 winners over Akgul Amanmuradova and Kateryna Bondarenko.

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