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Kops-Jones & Spears Into Second Round

Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears advanced to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 76(4) 62 win over Megan Moulton-Levy and Sharon Fichman on Friday.

Published March 07, 2014 12:13

Kops-Jones & Spears Into Second Round
Raquel Kops-Jones, Abigail Spears

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears put friendship to one side on Friday to book their place in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Taking on compatriot, practice partner and friend Megan Moulton-Levy and her partner Sharon Fichman, Kops-Jones and Spears withstood some early pressure before running out 76(4) 62 winners.

Following an even start, it looked like the first time pairing of Moulton-Levy and Fichman would strike first, when they broke for a 6-5 lead in the opening set. However, Moulton-Levy was unable to serve out and Kops-Jones and Spears made the most of their reprieve, taking the tie-break before easing through the gears in a one-sided second set.

"We practice together all the time with Megan and it's always difficult playing your friends on tour," Spears said. "Our aim was to play aggressive and obviously to play well, and I think we did that today."

This was only the third win the Americans have registered in seven matches at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, but despite their struggles Spears admits they look forward to their annual visit to the desert.

"I have a lot of friends here and family as well, so it's always good to come back here. It's a beautiful tournament, the crowd's unbelievable and it's one of our favorites, for sure," she said.

Elsewhere, No.8 seeds Lucie Hradecka and Zheng Jie overcame a disastrous start to defeat Vania King and Galina Voskoboeva, while there were also wins for Daniela Hantuchova and Arantxa Parra Santonja and Alisa Kleybanova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Hradecka and Zheng looked to be heading for a swift exit when they dropped the opening set in just 25 minutes, but hit back to run out 06 61 108 winners. Kleybanova and Pavlyuchenkova were also forced to overcome a slow start before eventually seeing off last-minute replacements Alicja Rosolska and Sílvia Soler-Espinosa, 76(5) 61, to book a meeting with top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai.

Hantuchova and Parra Santonja knocked out Janette Husarova and Vera Zvonareva, 64 46 102, and will next meet No.7 seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua.

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