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Defending Champions Stunned In Second Round

Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik's reign as Wimbledon champions came to an end with a surprise second round defeat.

Published June 30, 2012 12:00

Defending Champions Stunned In Second Round
Kveta Peschke, Katarina Srebotnik

LONDON, England - Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik's reign as Wimbledon doubles champions came to a surprisingly premature end on Friday, when they were defeated by Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone in the second round.

After scraping through the first round, Pennetta and Schiavone regrouped to produce their best ever performance in tandem. The Italians have been playing together intermittently this year in preparation for the Olympics, but looked like a seasoned partnership as they shocked Peschke and Srebotnik, 63 46 61.

Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur, another London 2012-inspired pairing, almost created an equally seismic shock. The Australian duo gave top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond an almighty scare, only to be edged out, 57 63 64.

Things are unlikely to get any easier for Huber and Raymond, though, as next up they face the dangerous unseeded team of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic.

One team that experienced no problems in booking a quarterfinal berth was No.2 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. With seven titles to their name already in 2012, the Italians were among many people's pre-tournament favorites, and they have done nothing to dispel this notion, advancing to the third round with consummate ease.

Their latest win came over Christina McHale and Tamira Paszek, who they brushed aside 61 63 to extend their current win streak to 25 matches. Standing between them and a place in the quarterfinals will be another talented young pair, Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska.

Also advancing to the last eight were Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka and Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva.

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