Williams Sisters Roll Into Third Round
Published January 19, 2013 04:44
MELBOURNE, Australia - A day after three seeded teams were eliminated, all three seeded duos that took the court Saturday in second round doubles action at the Australian Open were triumphant - with the 13-time Grand Slam champion Williams sisters having the most lopsided scoreline.
The 12th-seeded Williamses fired 28 winners in their 61 62 rout of Vera Dushevina and Olga Govortsova, lifting their Australian Open record to 35-3, their Grand Slam record to 106-9 and their overall record to 163-20.
"They mean a lot to me," Serena Williams said of her doubles victories. "I'm really excited that I've been able to win so many Grand Slam doubles titles. People who are winning a lot of singles titles nowadays usually don't win as many in doubles. So I'm almost even with my singles and doubles. It shows that I'm a really all-around player."
The competition gets stiffer in the third round, though, as No.5 seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik await following a 61 76(3) defeat of Darija Jurak and Katalin Marosi. Petrova and Srebotnik kicked off their season with a title in Sydney last week, punctuated by a straight set win over World No.1s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the final, and have won 13 of their past 14 matches.
The Williams sisters may have revenge on their minds, as two of their nine defeats in majors have come at the hands of Petrova - at the 2009 French Open with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and at the 2012 US Open with Maria Kirilenko. Interestingly enough, Serena Williams will get another shot at Kirilenko in the fourth round of singles here.
Also advancing were Romanians Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu, 64 26 75, over Alexandra Panova and Galina Voskoboeva to set up a third round encounter with fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. That match is on Sunday's slate, as is the Williamses' third-rounder and Errani and Vinci's clash with 15th-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai.
No.2 seeds Vesnina and Leander Paes, runners-up here last year, were among Saturday's first round mixed doubles winners.