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No.4 & No.5 Seeds Out In Doubles

Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua continued their excellent run on the grass with a straight set win in the third round of Wimbledon on Monday.

Published July 01, 2013 12:00

No.4 & No.5 Seeds Out In Doubles
Casey Dellacqua, Ashleigh Barty

LONDON, England - Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua continued their excellent run of form with a 64 61 victory over No.5 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the third round of Wimbledon on Monday.

The win was the Australians' seventh in a row on the grass, and in this tournament of upsets they are more than capable of going all the way to the title.

Barty and Dellacqua proved as much at the year's first major, the Australian Open, when they left a trail of seeds in their wake en route to a surprise runners-up finish. Since then they have played together sparingly, although their undoubted potential was underlined at the grass court tune-up event in Birmingham where they took home the title.

In the next round, they will face either No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka or Sílvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suárez Navarro.

Kops-Jones and Spears were not the only leading team to fall, as both Liezel Huber and Sania Mirza and recent French Open champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina also crashed out.

After easing through the opening two rounds, No.4 seeds Makarova and Vesnina were expected to have too much for Jelena Jankovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, but slipped to a surprisingly one-sided 63 62 defeat after less than an hour on court.

Shuko Aoyama and Chanelle Scheepers accounted for Huber and Mirza, winning a rollercoaster match, 62 36 62, to set up a quarterfinal clash against either No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci or Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Katarina Srebotnik and Nadia Petrova were the highest seeds to progress, easing past Zheng Jie and Vania King, 63 62.

Srebotnik knows what it takes to triumph at the All-England Club, having partnered Kveta Peschke to the title in 2011. A quirk of the draw will see Srebotnik face Peschke and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the last eight after they came through against Eugenie Bouchard and Petra Martic, 64 64.

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