Aoyama & Voracova Upset Former No.1s
Published June 27, 2014 12:12
Having lost the first set without picking up a game, Aoyama and Voracova showed great character to hit back to take a 56-minute second. In the decider, both teams struggled to hold serve, but surprisingly it was Aoyama and Voracova that held their nerve at the death to complete a 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win.
Elsewhere, Spanish duo and No.16 seeds Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro continued their recent good form with a hard-fought win over Klara Koukalova and Monica Niculescu. Muguruza and Suárez Navarro were among the standout performers during the clay court season, highlighted by a semifinal run at the French Open, and won a topsy-turvy encounter with Koukalova and Niculescu, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Friday also saw the conclusion of the final few first round encounters, with No.5 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina among the winners, edging out Irina-Camelia Begu and Karin Knapp, 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-4.