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Makarova & Vesnina Move Into Third Round

No.6 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina recorded a routine win, but several seeded duos were upended at Roland Garros.

Published June 01, 2012 09:06

Makarova & Vesnina Move Into Third Round
Elena Vesnina, Ekaterina Makarova

PARIS, France - On an up-and-down day for seeded duos at the French Open, sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina were the only ones to get through in straight sets.

Makarova and Vesnina's history together is brief but impressive. After first teaming up for a win in the Fed Cup final in 2008, the Russians didn't reunite until last month in Madrid. They went all the way to the final before succumbing to red-hot Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. The next week they made the Rome final and once again fell short against Errani and Vinci.

After a 64 62 triumph in the first round here, Makarova and Vesnina topped Dominika Cibulkova and Zheng Saisai by the very same score on Friday to improve their career record to 11-2. Their third round opponents will be Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan, who pulled off a 62 64 upset of No.9 seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova.

Sixteenth-seeded Marina Erakovic and Monica Niculescu and 17th-seeded Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez also went down. Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie were 62 61 winners over Erakovic and Niculescu, and Renata Voracova and Klara Zakopalova were 64 64 victors over Dulko and Suárez, who have nine major titles between them. Next up for the Czechs are second-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.

No.11 seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja, No.12 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez and No.14 seeds Jarmila Gajdosova and Anastasia Rodionova all were extended to three sets but advanced to the third round.

Unseeded Kaia Kanepi and Zhang Shuai followed up their first round stunner over top-seeded Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond with a 64 63 victory over Stéphanie Foretz Gacon and Kristina Mladenovic.

Saturday's schedule is highlighted by Medina Garrigues and Parra Santonja taking on No.7 seeds Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova in the only third round clash featuring two seeded teams. No.3 seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, No.4 seeds Errani and Vinci and No.5 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka will also take the court.

Serena Williams' first foray into mixed doubles since 1999 was a brief one, as she and Bob Bryan were defeated by Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank in the first round. Also moving on were reigning Australian Open champions Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Horia Tecau.

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