Hlavackova & Hradecka Drop Miami Opener
Published March 23, 2013 11:53
MIAMI, FL, USA - No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka were eliminated and No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci almost were sent home as well in first round doubles action at the Sony Open Tennis on Saturday.
Svetlana Kuznetsova and Flavia Pennetta were paired up for just the second time, having lost their opener in Indian Wells earlier this month. However, they were no strangers to success in Miami, as Kuznetsova won the title in 2005 alongside Alicia Molik and 2009 with Amélie Mauresmo, and Pennetta was victorious in 2010 alongside Gisela Dulko. Thus, their 75 64 defeat of nine-time WTA titlists Hlavackova and Hradecka wasn't a huge surprise.
"We got a chance with a wildcard, which we have to thank the tournament director for," Pennetta said. "It's difficult coming back after being out for a long time with injury and getting back on the court. But playing with a partner like Sveta helps a lot, so I'm really happy to play with her.
"It was a really good match today. We played very well and enjoy playing together."
As for Errani and Vinci, they took on Kimiko Date-Krumm and Casey Dellacqua, whose only previous events resulted in a title in Pattaya City last month and a semifinal showing in Indian Wells last week. They gave the top-ranked duo in the world all they could handle, but couldn't hold onto a 7-4 lead in the match tie-break of their 67(5) 62 119 loss.
"It was a tough match against great opponents," Vinci said. "We were up 5-3 in the first set but then lost the tie-break. We are so happy we came back after that and won. Kimiko played so strong.
"When we saw the draw, we knew it would be a tough match, but that happens. Next we play Babos and Minella. We have never played them, but we're confident because we played a great match today, so we will see what happens in the second round."
Mattek-Sands and Mirza's second round opponents, Jarmila Gajdosova and Sabine Lisicki, had arguably the most dramatic victory of the day. In their 57 64 1210 triumph over Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova in which both teams won 77 points, the Australian-German duo rallied from a 75 30 deficit and overcame three match points in the match tie-break.