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Muguruza & Suárez Navarro Into SFs

Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro surprised fourth-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in quarterfinal doubles play at the French Open on Wednesday.

Published June 04, 2014 12:12

Muguruza & Suárez Navarro Into SFs
Garbiñe Muguruza, Carla Suárez Navarro

PARIS, France - Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro shook off tough three set losses in quarterfinal singles play the day before to team up for a quarterfinal upset victory in doubles quarterfinal action at the French Open.

Though Muguruza and Suárez Navarro were the underdogs against No.4 seeds and former Wimbledon champions Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, they did beat the Czech-Slovak duo in their one previous encounter last month in Madrid. And they did so again on Wednesday, breaking serve twice in each set for a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

"We played very well today and are looking forward to our first Grand Slam semifinal," Muguruza said. "I have an amazing relationship with Carla. We have really good communication. We want so much to be a good pairing and we give all we have.

"We're going to play all the tournaments we can. We want to go to Singapore. That's one of our goals."

"We have played really well this tournament," Suárez Navarro said. "Garbiñe is a very special player. She has things I don't have and I have things she doesn't have. That's important for a team. I really enjoy playing with her."

Next up for the Spaniards are top-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, whom they also defeated in the semifinals of Madrid.

"We won in a super tie-break in Madrid," Suárez Navarro said. "It was a really tough match. They serve well and have good net movement. They are No.1, so it will be difficult for us."

Also reaching the semifinals were Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek. The Czech-Dutch pairing were 7-5, 6-3 winners over No.16 seeds Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja. They converted on five of 10 break point chances compared to just two of nine for their opponents.

The mixed doubles final was set Thursday too, with Julia Goerges and Nenad Zimonjic set to take on Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Jean-Julien Roger. Interestingly enough, Goerges and Groenefeld are frequent women's doubles partners, and lost in the first round here together last week.

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