Quantcast
3
0
0

Errani & Vinci's Victory Streak Stopped

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci's 15-match win streak ended at the hands of Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai in the second round of Indian Wells.

Published March 09, 2013 11:11

Errani & Vinci's Victory Streak Stopped
Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Only two doubles matches were played Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open, but both were newsmakers, as No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka were upset.

Errani and Vinci had a 15-match winning streak on the line, the second-best run of their partnership, when they took on Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai in the second round. But a test would be expected, in that the top-ranked Italians were victorious in a tight-three setter in the third round of January's Australian Open in their only previous clash with the Taiwanese-Italian pair. On top of that, Hsieh had three wins over Errani and Vinci with other partners and Peng had one.

Though their serve was constantly under pressure in this meeting, saving 13 out of 16 break points chances against them, Hsieh and Peng raced out to a 4-0 first set lead and 4-1 second set lead in their 62 63 triumph.

"I enjoy playing with my friend and I also love to play this tournament," said Hsieh, who earlier in the day lost in singles to Jamie Hampton. "We played very well and I felt like a different person than in my singles match. I am very happy with today."

Hsieh and Peng are no strangers to big upsets at big tournaments, as among their noteworthy victims were eventual two-time Grand Slam champions Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual at the 2009 Australian Open. That was the same year they won three of their four WTA titles as a duo, the last of which came at the Premier Mandatory event in Beijing.

In the day's other surprise, first-time pairing Vera Dushevina and Alexandra Panova secured their quarterfinal spot with a 64 76(4) defeat of 2011 French Open champions Hlavackova and Hradecka.

"We knew they would be really tough, as they have so many titles," Dushevina said. "In the second set we were down a break and we came back, so we just kept finding a way. We started stronger and finished stronger, which was the key today."

Dushevina and Panova will take on the winner of one of Sunday's marquee match-ups, with two-time Indian Wells champions Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur taking on Kimiko Date-Krumm and Casey Dellacqua. Also on the schedule are third-seeded Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik against Jelena Jankovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Biggest Upsets Of 2016: Kerber vs Serena

    December 01, 2016
    Each day this week we're counting down the biggest upsets of 2016; next up is Angelique Kerber's breakthrough victory over then-World No.1 Serena Williams at the Australian Open.
  • Biggest Upsets Of 2016: Cibulkova vs Kerber

    November 30, 2016
    Each day this week we're counting down the biggest upsets of 2016; next up is Dominika Cibulkova shocking Angelique Kerber in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
  • Biggest Upsets Of 2016: Sevastova vs Muguruza

    November 28, 2016
    Each day this week we're counting down the biggest upsets of 2016, starting with Anastasija Sevastova's colossal win over No.3 Garbiñe Muguruza at the US Open.
To The Top
3