Pavlyuchenkova & Safarova Beaten

In their first match as a duo, Shuko Aoyama and Chanelle Scheepers edged Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova in Wimbledon doubles play.

Published June 27, 2013 12:00

Pavlyuchenkova & Safarova Beaten
Shuko Aoyama, Chanelle Scheepers

LONDON, England - Though it wasn't on the scale of the upsets that ravaged the singles draw on Wednesday, there was a surprise of note in first round doubles action on Thursday at Wimbledon - with No.9 seeds Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova being eliminated.

In their last two outings, Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova won their second and biggest WTA title to date in Madrid and reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros - the second straight Grand Slam they had gotten that far. Therefore, they certainly came into Wimbledon with high expectations.

However, first time pairing Shuko Aoyama and Chanelle Scheepers squeaked out a 36 63 64 victory to make Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova the first round's highest-seeded upset victims. Japanese-South African duo Aoyama and Scheepers should like their chances to keep advancing, as they play qualifiers Raluca Olaru and Olga Savchuk next.

In another upset on paper, Jelena Jankovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni were 26 62 61 winners over 14th-seeded Chan Hao-Ching and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Two of the favorites had no such trouble, though, as No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik and No.4 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina cruised into the second round.

Fresh off a title at their first grass court event together last week in Eastbourne, Petrova and Srebotnik never faced a break point in their 48-minute, 61 62 defeat of Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Garbiñe Muguruza for their 40th win as a duo.

Playing for the first time since they were crowned French Open champions, Makarova and Vesnina bested Karolina Pliskova and María-Teresa Torró-Flor, 62 61, in 52 minutes.

Also, 13th-seeded Vania King and Zheng Jie beat Vesna Dolonc and Bojana Jovanovski, 63 60, in 59 minutes. King was victorious here in 2010 alongside Yaroslava Shvedova.

Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson against No.7 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke is among the second round matches scheduled for Friday. Raymond is a six-time Grand Slam champion, including Wimbledon in 2001 with Rennae Stubbs, and Peschke won her lone Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2011 alongside Srebotnik. Also, No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will look for their second win in three meetings with Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova.

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