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Babos & Mladenovic Win Doubles Opener

No.6 seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic and No.8 seeds Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova moved on in Cincinnati.

Published August 12, 2014 12:12

Babos & Mladenovic Win Doubles Opener
Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic were one of two seeded duos triumphant in first round doubles action Tuesday at the Western & Southern Open.

Playing for just the second time since their run to the Wimbledon final, the sixth-seeded Babos and Mladenovic won all but five points on their first serve in their 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

No.8 seeds Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova were 6-4, 6-3 victors over Chan Hao-Ching and Chan Yung-Jan for their 50th win as a duo.

Unseeded winners were Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Andrea Hlavackova, and Melanie Oudin and Taylor Townsend.

Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova lost nine more points than they won and had two set points against them in the first set, but managed a 7-6(8), 1-6, 10-6 win over Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta just a week after falling to the Swiss-Italian duo in Montréal. It was an especially good day for Safarova, as she beat Venus Williams in her singles opener earlier in the day.

Date-Krumm and Hlavackova ousted Casey Dellacqua and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 3-6, 6-1, 10-3, a week after also topping them in a match tie-break in Montréal.

Finally, Oudin and Townsend got past Jelena Jankovic and Klara Koukalova by the bizarre scoreline of 0-6, 6-0, 11-9. The American wildcards faced two match points from 9-7 down in the match tie-break but won four straight points from there to close it out. Next up for them are another pair of Americans, seventh-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

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