LONDON, England - Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik's reign as Wimbledon doubles champions came to a surprisingly premature end on Friday, when they were defeated by Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone in the second round.
After scraping through the first round, Pennetta and Schiavone regrouped to produce their best ever performance in tandem. The Italians have been playing together intermittently this year in preparation for the Olympics, but looked like a seasoned partnership as they shocked Peschke and Srebotnik, 63 46 61.
Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur, another London 2012-inspired pairing, almost created an equally seismic shock. The Australian duo gave top seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond an almighty scare, only to be edged out, 57 63 64.
One team that experienced no problems in booking a quarterfinal berth was No.2 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. With seven titles to their name already in 2012, the Italians were among many people's pre-tournament favorites, and they have done nothing to dispel this notion, advancing to the third round with consummate ease.
Their latest win came over Christina McHale and Tamira Paszek, who they brushed aside 61 63 to extend their current win streak to 25 matches. Standing between them and a place in the quarterfinals will be another talented young pair, Agnieszka and Urszula Radwanska.