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Errani & Vinci Back To Winning Ways

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci returned to winning ways at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.

Published August 15, 2012 11:59

Errani & Vinci Back To Winning Ways
Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci bounced back from their early exit in Montréal with a straight set win over Anastasia Rodionova and Galina Voskoboeva at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.

That defeat to Ekaterina Makarova and Olga Savchuk in Montréal had been the first time Errani and Vinci had failed to make it beyond the opening round of a tournament since the start of January, but there were no lasting scars as they produced an efficient performance to triumph, 64 64.

Service breaks midway through both sets proved enough to see off their game opponents and set up a meeting with the in-form Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the quarterfinals.

Hlavackova and Hradecka arrived in Cincinnati fresh from back-to-back runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the Olympics, and their performances in the first two rounds suggest they are still finding their feet on the hard.

After requiring two tie-breaks to win their opening match, the No.6 seeds were pushed even harder by Julia Goerges and Kveta Peschke, eventually closing out a 61 46 106 win.

There were contrasting fortunes for the other three seeded teams in action on Day 3 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, however.

No.6 seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez and No.8 seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Zheng Jie both squeaked through on match tie-breaks, while No.7 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears were knocked out by fellow Americans Varvara Lepchenko and Sloane Stephens.

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