LONDON, Great Britain – The first half of third round action on Friday saw the No.8 seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua save a match point to edge past Misaki Doi and Chuang Chia-Jung in a marathon three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
The Aussies needed two hours and 33 minutes against the Asian duo, as the two teams split sets and played out the third without a tiebreaker. Doi and Chuang held match point at 5-4 on the Aussies’ serve, after a flurry of winners put the unseeded pair ahead, but Barty’s powerful backhand bailed them out.
Eight games later, it was the Barty and Dellacqua who brought up their first match points after breaking at 9-8 to put an end to the marathon match.
Meanwhile, the No.2 seeds Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis needed just 58 minutes to storm past a pair of unseeded Russians and book their spot into Wimbledon’s third round.
Up against a pair of unseeded Russian duo – Natela Dzalamidze and Veronika Kudermetova – Chan and Hingis opened the match reeling off five games in a row to start off with a 5-0 lead.
They didn’t face a single break point throughout their dominant two-set performance, breaking twice more to comfortably close out the match 6-1, 6-3.
The No.2 seeds also had few problems on their way to the third round – Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina took down Oceane Dodin and Tatjana Maria 6-4, 6-3.
Also in action, the unseeded team of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kristina Mladenovic joined forced to defeat the all-Aussie duo of Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 battle.
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