No.4 & No.5 Seeds Out In Doubles
Published July 01, 2013 12:00
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.
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.
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.