LONDON, Great Britain – The second round of Wimbledon mixed doubles action concluded with mixed fates for the top seeded teams as Sabine Lisicki, Barbora Krejcikova, Andreja Klepac and Lyudmyla Kichenok’s teams scored the final spots into the last 16.
The No.15 seeded team of Krejcikova and Michael Venus faced a tough battle against Anastasia Rodionova and Mikhail Elgin, needed three sets to close out the hour and 34-minute battle.
A lone break of serve decided the opening set, with Elgin and Rodionova edging ahead. But the New Zealander-Czech duo recovered strongly to take the next two, winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
They’ll go on to face the No.2 seeds Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares in the next round.
Also in action, Andreja Klepac – who reached the quarterfinals last year with Alexander Peya – teamed up with Daniel Nestor, and the No.11 seeds took down Eri Hozumi and Purav Raja in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.
Lyudmyla Kichenok and Mate Pavic scored the day’s big upset, knocking out the No.7 seeds Katerina Srebotnik and Raven Klaasen 6-4, 7-5.
Rounding out the action, Sabine Lisicki – a Wimbledon finalist in both singles and women’s doubles – joined forces with John Peers and took down the all-British duo of Harriet Dart and Brydan Klein in commanding fashion, 6-1, 6-4.