Raymond & Stosur Bounced In Beijing
Published October 01, 2012 09:50
BEIJING, China - Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur's reunion at the China Open was short-lived, as they dropped a tight contest in their doubles opener on Monday against Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Raymond and Stosur captured 20 titles between 2005 and 2007, including two majors and two WTA Championships, but had only paired up once in the last four years - reaching the quarterfinals in Dubai in 2011. Raymond's usual partner the last couple seasons - Liezel Huber - is out of action this week so she once again joined forces with Stosur.
Going up against Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Raymond and Stosur had three set points in the first set before losing it in a tie-break. They rallied from a 4-2 deficit to capture the second set but fell short in the match tie-break for a 76(4) 46 106 defeat.
The two other first round matches were also extended to match tie-breaks, with Timea Bacsinszky and María José Martínez Sánchez and Tang Hao Chen and Tian Ran advancing. Bacsinszky and Martínez Sánchez were 67(1) 62 104 winners over Anna Tatishvili and Galina Voskoboeva. Tang and Tian pulled out a 36 16 1311 triumph over Yan Zi and Zheng Saisai in an all-Chinese match-up, surviving two match points in the match tie-break.
Yan left the WTA in May 2011 to have a child, and after doing so in January 2012, returned two weeks ago in Guangzhou, losing in the quarterfinals alongside Zhang Ling. The former World No.4 in doubles and two-time Grand Slam champion with Zheng Jie talked about returning to Beijing, which she played every year from 2004 to 2010.
"I was a bit nervous playing here for the first time in a while, so we didn't play too well in the first set," Yan said. "But after a while we started playing much better. Even though we lost, it feels good and familiar. It's been a long time since I've played with so many fans supporting me. I haven't planned exactly where I'll play next but might start in January again."