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Kops-Jones & Spears Win Opener

Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears were victorious in doubles at the Family Circle Cup, as were Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Published April 02, 2014 12:12

Kops-Jones & Spears Win Opener
Anabel Medina Garrigues, Yaroslava Shvedova

CHARLESTON, SC, USA - Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears' productive year continued with a narrow first round victory at the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday.

Kops-Jones and Spears' season has been highlighted by a runner-up showing in Dubai and semifinal outings at the Australian Open, Miami and Sydney, leading them to fifth place on the Road To Singapore leaderboard.

Seeded third this week, it appeared Kops-Jones and Spears were on their way to a routine win over Jarmila Gajdosova and Zheng Saisai when they were up a set and a break at 63 32. But the Australian-Chinese duo then found their form and reeled off four straight games to force a match tie-break, where they jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

The Americans regained the momentum from there, though, going on to a 63 36 119 triumph that set up a quarterfinal tilt with Jelena Jankovic and Andrea Petkovic.

There was one upset, with Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan 64 64 winners over No.2 seeds Kveta Peschke and Lucie Safarova in the only one of seven doubles matches played in Charleston so far this week not to be settled in a match tie-break.

"We were both very aggressive at the baseline and the net, which put a lot of pressure on our opponents," Chan Hao-Ching said. "On the important points, it worked very well."

Also advancing to the second round were Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova and Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Four-time WTA titlists Kudryavtseva and Rodionova defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Nadia Petrova, 62 26 103.

Medina Garrigues and Shvedova, who in their last match were unable to convert on seven match points in a quarterfinal loss to eventual Miami champions Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki, pulled out a 67(0) 63 107 win over Eugenie Bouchard and Taylor Townsend.

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