INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai continued their impressive run through the BNP Paribas Open doubles draw with a quarterfinal defeat of Daniela Hantuchova and Anabel Medina Garrigues on Wednesday.
Hsieh and Peng appeared to be on the way to a routine victory when they had a 62 52 lead, but then they lost four straight games and lost the second set in a tie-break after having a set point. However, from 2-1 down in the match tie-break they won nine of the next 11 points for a 62 67(6) 104 triumph.
"We were up big in the second set, but our opponents kept fighting and starting giving us trouble and put us under pressure," Peng said. "We thought we should have finished it already, but that's how tennis is sometimes. It's not over until the last point. But I'm really happy to win with my friend, Su-Wei."
"We played them at the Australian Open, and the third set was really close," Peng said. "We felt we had a chance, but they're a great team. We saw the draw for Indian Wells, and were like, 'Okay, sequel.' We tried everything and were really happy to win this time."
Hsieh and Peng's semifinal foes on Thursday will be third-seeded Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, who were 61 62 winners over sixth-seeded Nuria Llagostera Vives and Zheng Jie. Just a few weeks ago in the Dubai semifinals, Petrova and Srebotnik surrendered just one game against Llagostera Vives and Zheng.
Petrova and Srebotnik are now 15-3 on the year, having been runners-up in Doha, runners-up in Dubai and at least semifinalists here in their last three events.
"Another really strong team," Peng said of Petrova and Srebotnik. "Petrova has a big serve, good volleys and is powerful. We need to figure out how to handle that."