No.3 & No.4 Seeds Into Doubles Final
Published March 14, 2013 12:00
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Saturday was a bizarre day in the BNP Paribas Open doubles draw, with No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka both getting picked off in their second round matches. But that's where the big upsets stopped, and on Thursday the No.3-seeded and No.4-seeded teams both battled into the Premier-level final.
"There were so many deciding points and we weren't winning any of them," Makarova said. "They were so close to winning, and it was so hot out there, so I'm really happy we came through."
Makarova and Vesnina did struggle on the big points - they converted just one of 12 break points - but in the end they overcame a bigger curveball, that being their match getting moved to center court.
"It was an earlier start and different court, but it was the same for everybody and it wasn't too big a difference," Vesnina said. "We just focused and we're really happy we were able to win this match."
"We felt comfortable on center court," Makarova said. "It will be a good atmosphere in the final."
Petrova, who is ranked just outside the Top 10 in singles and up at No.3 in doubles, talked about why she likes one of the disciplines more than the other - and it may not be the one you're thinking.
"I have to be honest - I enjoy playing doubles so much," the Russian said. "It's a little bit easier on my body and that's why I'm able to pull out such good results in it, and playing singles is already getting more and more difficult, especially against some of the girls that are 10 years younger than me.
"But also doubles is more fun because you have a partner out there to talk to, you have other things to talk about, you cheer each other up, come up with tactics - it brings an extra spark to the game."
Petrova particularly enjoys playing with Srebotnik. "She's a very experienced doubles player and I've had good results myself, so when we step out on the court together we feel so confident," Petrova said. "We're powerful from the baseline, very aggressive and have good net games. It makes our team."
The two teams have never played each other before, although they are all very experienced doubles players and have played each other in different combinations - Petrova remembers one such instance.
"I played them in the final of the Kremlin Cup and lost in a super tie-break, so hopefully this will be a revenge day for me," she said. "And I've already been to the final here twice and haven't held this trophy, so I'm looking forward to going for that. I'm very much looking forward to this match."
Petrova and Srebotnik are 2-3 in finals together, the two titles being Moscow in 2008 and Sydney this year; Makarova and Vesnina are 2-2 in finals, their two titles coming at Beijing and Moscow last year.