Hlavackova & Hradecka Edge Fellow Czechs
Published August 13, 2012 11:02
The showdown featured the WTA's two most prolific all-Czech teams. Hlavackova and Hradecka came into this week with seven titles together, including the 2011 French Open. Their 2012 feats are more noteworthy for events in which they came in second. They were runners-up at Wimbledon and silver medalists at the Olympics. As for Benesova and Zahlavova Strycova, they have 10 titles as a duo but just one this year - Stuttgart.
Coming into Cincinnati, Hlavackova and Hradecka had split their four meetings with their fellow Czechs, most recently beating them in the first round of Roland Garros in 2011 en route to their one Grand Slam title. This one was a see-saw affair, with the fifth-seeded Hlavackova and Hradecka winning four straight games after starting off in a 4-1, two-break first set hole. It eventually went to a tie-break, with Hlavackova and Hradecka jumping out to a 5-0 lead that they would not relinquish. In the second set, Hlavackova and Hradecka withstood a set point down 5-4, and later at 5-4 down in the tie-break, won three straight points for the 76(1) 76(5) victory.
Later in the day, two teams pairing up for the first time squared off, with Vera Dushevina and Paola Suárez converting on all three of their break point opportunities in their 63 64 defeat of Chuang Chia-Jung and Janette Husarova. Interestingly enough, just last week in the first round of Montréal, Dushevina got the better of Husarova, though that time she was paired up with Tamarine Tanasugarn and Husarova played with Shahar Peer.
The highest seeds in action Tuesday are sixth-seeded Spaniards Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez. Also taking the court are Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza, who in just their second tournament together were victorious here in 2007.