Doubles Draw Up And Running
Published June 24, 2013 12:00
LONDON, England - Buried in amongst the never-ending stream of first round singles matches at the All-England Club on Monday, the doubles draw got underway with victories for two outside shots for the title.
No.5 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears are one of the most experienced teams on tour and safely negotiated their first test as this year's tournament, defeating Yan Zi and Shahar Peer, 64 64.
Last year, the American duo reached their first Grand Slam quarterfinal on the lawns of south-west London, and with this year's draw wide open they will fancy their chances of going deep once again.
Scheduled to meet them in the third round are No.12 seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua. In the year's first major, the Australian Open, the Australians left a trail of seeds in their wake as they finished as surprise runners-up.
Since then they have played together sparingly, although they underlined their undoubted potential in the grass court tune-up event in Birmingham where they took home the title. In their first round at the All-England Club, they carried on this good form, defeating Valeria Solovyeva and Maryna Zanevska, 62 75.
Three of the last five Wimbledon titles have gone to Serena and Venus Williams, although the sisters have been denied the chance to defend their title by Venus' ongoing lower-back injury. In their absence, the mantle of favorites falls to Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, who have won three of the last five majors.
The Italians, seeded No.1, kick off their challenge later this week against British wildcards Anne Keothavong and Johanna Konta. No.2 seeds and last year's runners-up, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka begin against Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova, while No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik take on Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Garbiñe Muguruza.