Raymond & Robson Reach Miami Quarters

First-time pairing Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson were victorious in the second round of the Sony Open Tennis doubles event on Sunday.

Published March 24, 2013 11:33

Raymond & Robson Reach Miami Quarters
Lisa Raymond

MIAMI, FL, USA - Lisa Raymond and Lara Robson are 20 years apart and playing their first WTA event together, yet find themselves in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis doubles event after a narrow victory on Sunday.

The 39-year-old Raymond, a three-time Miami champion and three-time runner-up, first played doubles here in 1994 - the year Robson was born. The 19-year-old Robson is playing doubles here for the first time. Nevertheless, the American-British duo are proving to be a dangerous combination, having knocked off No.6 seed Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the first round and then Tatjana Malek and Tamarine Tanasugarn in the second round.

Raymond and Robson were tested a bit more in their latest match, dropping the first set before racing out to a 5-0 second set lead and a 5-1 lead in the match tie-break of their 46 61 108 triumph. The competition gets tougher in the quarters, as fourth-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina await.

Makarova and Vesnina were 76(3) 60 winners over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova, surviving a set point and a 5-3 deficit in the first set before cruising through a 21-minute second set. Last week's Indian Wells champions are now 12-1 on the year.

"It was a very difficult match against a good team that has played a lot of matches together," Vesnina said. "We were lucky that we pulled that first set out."

Makarova and Vesnina's victims in the Indian Wells final, No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, also moved on with a 60 46 107 defeat of Megan Moulton-Levy and Zhang Shuai.

"You need a few of these tough matches because it helps your confidence in the long term," Srebotnik said. "When you're in these situations more often, you know how to handle them. We're really pleased with the way we played, especially the first set and the super tie-break."

Next up for Petrova and Srebotnik are eighth-seeded Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova, who defeated Daniela Hantuchova and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

"That's a relatively new team," Srebotnik said. "It's going to be a really interesting match. So far, Nadia and I have been really consistent throughout the whole year and we have a lot of confidence. We'll do our best to play our game and hopefully we will win."

Also advancing were No.5 seeds Liezel Huber and María José Martínez Sánchez.

Top-ranked Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci continue their quest for their first Miami title with a second round encounter against Timea Babos and Mandy Minella on Monday.

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