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Defending Champs Outdo Hingis & Lisicki

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova had a relatively easy time with Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki in the second round of Madrid.

Published May 06, 2014 12:12

Defending Champs Outdo Hingis & Lisicki
Lucie Safarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

MADRID, Spain - Defending champions Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova ended Martina Hingis' Mutua Madrid Open debut alongside Sabine Lisicki in the second round on Tuesday.

Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova jumped out to a 6-2, 4-0 lead on the reigning Miami champions before Hingis and Lisicki rallied. They got back on serve at 4-3 but then Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova broke Hingis at love and Safarova held for a 6-2, 6-3 triumph.

Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova converted on five of seven break point opportunities and managed to win 12 of 16 points on their opponents' second serve.

"The conditions are a bit tough, as the balls are flying a bit," Pavlyuchenkova said. "We played well from the baseline but we also did some good stuff at the net. We just had fun. We were playing well, so that helps."

Next up for the Russian-Czech duo are Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova, whom they beat in the 2012 Charleston final for their first WTA title together.

Medina Garrigues and Shvedova were 6-2, 6-2 winners over third-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. And while that was technically an upset, Medina Garrigues and Shvedova are a very dangerous team, with a 21-5 record and three WTA titles during their partnership, including two so far this season.

Another second round surprise saw Vania King and Zheng Jie rally from a 6-1, 3-0 deficit for a 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-8 victory over No.8 seeds Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

The first round wrapped up Tuesday as well, with fifth-seeded Cara Black and Sania Mirza and Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro advancing. A few days after securing the Portugal Open title, Black and Mirza staged a mini-rally from 5-2 down in the match tie-break en route to a 6-1, 5-7, 10-7 triumph over Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska. Muguruza and Suárez Navarro were 6-2, 7-6(1) winners over former US Open champions and co-doubles No.1s Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

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