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Spaniards Secure Spot In Final Eight

Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez are into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the third time.

Published July 03, 2012 08:22

Spaniards Secure Spot In Final Eight
María José Martínez Sánchez, Nuria Llagostera Vives

LONDON, England - Ninth-seeded Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez continued their recent grass court prowess with a straight set triumph in the third round of Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Llagostera Vives and Martínez Sánchez won nine titles on clay and hard courts between 2008 and 2010. After the 2011 Australian Open, they did not team up again until Madrid in May of this year. They are 13-3 since and in their most recent event in Eastbourne, they finally netted their first grass court title. The following week, they were named as one of the duos to represent Spain at the Summer Olympics later this month.

Previously quarterfinalists at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2009, Llagostera Vives and Martínez Sánchez have stayed hot at the All-England Club, where they are the only team of the six already through to the final eight yet to drop a set - their latest victory being a 76(5) 64 defeat of Olga Govortsova and Mandy Minella. Next up for the Spaniards are Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone, who made the quarters via walkover over Hsieh Su-Wei and Sabine Lisicki due to a left abdominal injury suffered by Lisicki in singles.

Also advancing were No.5 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, who were 63 26 75 winners over Marina Erakovic and Tamarine Tanasugarn.

"We did it! We finished our match on the fifth try," Vesnina tweeted about the match that was delayed by rain multiple times. "Won it 7-5 in the third. Tough! Marina and Tammy played well."

Awaiting the Russians are top-seeded Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, who on Monday were tested for the third straight match but got past Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Petra Martic, 76(3) 57 64.

No.6 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka have found their grass court footing, as despite being 1-4 on the surface coming into Wimbledon, are into the quarterfinals following their 57 63 63 win over No.11 seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova.

Pulling off a mini-upset were 10th-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, 75 26 64, over seventh-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskoboeva. In their 13th major together, the Americans have matched their best result - a quarterfinal appearance at the 2008 US Open.

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