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Peer & Soler-Espinosa Into QFs

Shahar Peer and Sílvia Soler-Espinosa continued their three set heroics, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci also reached the Australian Open doubles quarterfinals.

Published January 19, 2014 12:11

Peer & Soler-Espinosa Into QFs
Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani

MELBOURNE, Australia - Shahar Peer and Sílvia Soler-Espinosa continued to impress in their debut event with yet another three set win in securing a quarterfinal berth at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Israeli-Spanish combination edged Chan Yung-Jan and Janette Husarova in three sets in the first round and reigning Wimbledon and WTA Championships titlists Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai in another three-setter in the second round.

The third round saw Peer and Soler-Espinosa face off against Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek, who each have noteworthy doubles résumés, highlighted by Hradecka's two Grand Slam titles.

Hradecka and Krajicek certainly had the power advantage, as proven by out-acing their opponents 12 to 0 and having 19 more winners. However, Peer and Soler-Espinosa were steadier in producing 22 less unforced errors in their 46 76(5) 62 triumph. That put Peer into a Grand Slam doubles quarterfinal for the first time since the 2010 French Open and Soler-Espinosa for the second time in her career, having also gotten that far at the 2013 Australian Open alongside Carla Suárez Navarro.

Also booking a quarterfinal berth were No.1 seeds and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, who improved to 14-2 here with their most dominant performance of the fortnight so far - a 62 62 rout of Australian wildcards Monique Adamczak and Olivia Rogowska.

In Sunday's only third round match involving two seeded pairings, fourth-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik were 62 67(6) 64 victors over 13th-seeded Chan Hao-Ching and Liezel Huber.

Next up for Peschke and Srebotnik are Australian-Croatian duo Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic, who recorded a 62 75 defeat of Timea Babos and Petra Martic. Gajdosova is the only player remaining in the draw from Australia, a country looking for its first champion in this event since Alicia Molik in 2005.

No.8 seeds Elena Vesnina and Mahesh Bhupathi and Lisa Raymond and Mariusz Fyrstenberg were among Sunday's mixed doubles first round winners.

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