Errani & Vinci Crash Out Of Doubles
Published July 02, 2013 12:00
Over the past two years, Errani and Vinci have established themselves as the WTA's leading doubles team, winning virtually every major prize the game has to offer. However, the Wimbledon title has proven elusive, and they will have to wait at least 12 more months to get their hands on the famous trophy after slipping to a 36 63 62 defeat out on Court No.3.
The Italians started brightly enough, settling into an early groove to take the opening set. But as Goerges and Zahlavova Strycova found their range on their groundstrokes in the second, the tide began to turn; they broke early on their way to establishing a 3-0 lead, and, with Errani and Vinci growing increasingly frustrated, the set soon followed.
This blip soon turned into a crisis, Goerges punching away another volleyed winner to break Errani in the third game of the decider. A second break soon followed before Zahlavova Strycova confidently served it out, wrapping up victory with a crisply struck overhead on match point.
Errani and Vinci's exit, allied with the Williams sisters absence, leaves the path clear for No.2 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who booked their quarterfinal spot courtesy of a straightforward win over Sílvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suárez Navarro.
Last summer, Hlavackova and Hradecka finished as runners-up twice at the All-England Club, losing to the Williams sisters in the final of Wimbledon and the Olympics.
Their greater polish on the grass was plain to see out on Court No.18, as breaks at the end of the first set and start of the second helped them to a 64 63 win. Meeting them for a place in the semifinals will be Australia's Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.