BEIJING, China - Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai recorded a comfortable second round win on Tuesday at the China Open, inching ever closer to qualifying for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul.
The second-seeded Hsieh and Peng, champions here in 2009, defeated Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 63 64. That was the exact same score they bested the German-Czech duo by in the quarterfinals of Tokyo last week.
If Hsieh and Peng beat No.6 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the quarterfinals, they will secure a spot in Istanbul. They will also clinch a berth if Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua fall short of the final in Beijing.
"Peng always does a great job in doubles. She helps me a lot," Hsieh said. "We don't have too much time to practice with each other, so we don't have too many specific tactics. We don't think too much. We just try to win every match. Our goal is to get into Istanbul and try to win it all."
Peng talked about how she and Hsieh have thrived despite not getting to practice together often.
"We have known each other for more than 10 years," Peng said. "In juniors we played some tournaments together, so it's not like it was playing with a new person when we started playing together on the tour.
"The first time we played a WTA tournament together, we had fun and it felt comfortable. She helps me and I help her. She is good at the net and I like to stand at the baseline. I think we're a good team."
Moving on in much less convincing fashion were top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. After splitting the first two sets against Chan Hao-Ching and Liezel Huber, the Italians were two points from defeat down 8-6 in the match tie-break but won four straight points for a 64 67(4) 108 triumph over the duo that upset the Williams sisters on Monday.