Hsieh and Peng were 2-0 against the Russians coming into this showdown, including their most recent meeting in the final of last year's WTA Finals in Istanbul. And just like their other two matches, this one was tight with the same winners once again.
Makarova served for the first set at 6-5, but Hsieh and Peng broke and took the set in a tie-break. Then down 5-4 in the second set, Hsieh and Peng ran off three straight games to close out their 7-6(6), 7-5 triumph.
It doesn't get any easier in the next round for Hsieh and Peng in the form of fourth-seeded Cara Black and Sania Mirza. The Zimbabwean-Indian duo dropped just three points on their first serve in their 52-minute, 6-2, 6-1 rout of sixth-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.
The Chan sisters broke serve three times while incredibly fighting off all 14 break points they faced en route to a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Though they will certainly be the underdogs against the Italians, they did win their one previous encounter in straight sets in the semifinals of Eastbourne earlier this year.