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Peschke & Srebotnik Clear First Hurdle

Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik negotiated a tricky first round assignment at the Sony Open Tennis. Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki were among the other winners.

Published March 21, 2014 12:13

Peschke & Srebotnik Clear First Hurdle
Katarina Srebotnik, Kveta Peschke

MIAMI, FL, USA - No.4 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik sidestepped a potential banana skin to reach the second round of the Sony Open Tennis on Friday.

In Indian Wells, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur knocked out Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the opening round, going on to reach the semifinals where they came within a whisker of repeating the trick against top seeds and eventual champions Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai.

However, they were unable to replicate their giant-killing feats on the opposite coast, as Peschke and Srebotnik fended off a mid-match revival to prevail, 62 36 104.

"It was a very difficult match, against really great players. We tried to be positive and do our job and I think we were sticking to our tactics well," Peschke said. "In the second set, there were some tough points here and there and we ended up in the super tie-break."

Following a spell apart, Peschke and Srebotnik, who established themselves as one of the WTA's leading teams between 2010 and 2012, reunited in the off-season. After a couple of early exits, the pair rediscovered some of their old spark at the Australian Open, where they reached the semifinals, before going on to make the final in Doha.

"It's nice being back together," Peschke added. "We actually understand each other very well and are very similar. My goal is to go to Singapore, and I hope it's Katarina's goal as well!"

Peschke and Srebotnik are not the only recently reunited team in the draw. After a three-year break, former World No.1s Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond are back together, although the first match of their second spell ended in a 76(3) 76(3) defeat to Vania King and Zheng Jie.

Also advancing to the second round were wildcards Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki, who delivered an impressive performance to upset No.6 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Safarova, 61 64.

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