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Errani & Vinci Endure Sixe Match Points

Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were given all they could handle by Ukrainian qualifiers Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok before emerging victorious in Wimbledon second round doubles play.

Published July 01, 2014 12:13

Errani & Vinci Endure Sixe Match Points
Roberta Vinci, Sara Errani

LONDON, England - Second-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci kept their quest alive for their first Wimbledon title and their fifth Grand Slam by barely edging Ukrainian qualifiers Lyudmyla and Nadiya Kichenok in the second round on Tuesday.

The Kichenok sisters had been up a set but down a break at 4-2 when the match was suspended Monday. They promptly reeled off three straight games upon resumption and the set was eventually settled in a tie-break. That tie-break saw the Kichenoks take a 6-3 lead and later have three more match points, but they were unable to close it out and Errani and Vinci took the 79-minute set.

The Italians continued that momentum into the third set and cruised through it, going on to a 5-7, 7-6(10), 6-1 triumph that lasted two hours and 42 minutes.

Other second round winners included No.1 seeds and defending champions Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai and No.7 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

The third round also got underway, with sixth-seeded Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, 10th-seeded Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Andrea Petkovic and Magdalena Rybarikova, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova all making the quarterfinals.

Barty and Dellacqua improved to 15-2 on grass and 8-1 at Wimbledon with a 7-6(4), 6-0 defeat of No.12 seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova.

Goerges and Groenefeld were 6-3, 6-3 winners over fifth-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina - their second straight victory over them after losing the first three in their head-to-head. Next up for the Germans are Petkovic and Rybarikova, who upended 16th-seeded Spaniards Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-3, 7-6(3).

Finally, Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova beat Flavia Pennetta and Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 7-6(9), a few hours after Safarova secured entry into her first Grand Slam singles semifinal.

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