Babos & Mladenovic Win Doubles Opener
Published August 12, 2014 12:12
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.
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.
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.