INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Defending champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and No.1 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai both recorded straight set wins on Sunday in advancing to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.
"It was a good match for us," Makarova said. "We played against a strong team. We played against them in the Olympics, so we knew team a little bit. It was a difficult match with a lot of key points. We were just a bit more lucky to win the big points, so we're really happy to be through."
Though it was a fairly close match, it was actually the most one-sided of the Russians' seven wins here - with five of them having come in match tie-breaks.
"We have great memories from winning here last year," Makarova said. "We're really enjoying our time together on court. We're just trying to stay positive, help each other and support each other. It worked well today.
"I think we understand each other pretty well. We don't put pressure on each other. Each of us knows what she has to do on the court and the other just helps and supports. At any moment if one of us is playing bad, the other one takes on the main role. We are good friends and have been playing together for almost two years, so we have experience, which feels great."
As for Hsieh and Peng, they recorded their second straight 61 62 victory, this time over Russians Alisa Kleybanova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Their 80th win as a duo set up a quarterfinal encounter with seventh-seeded Australians Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, whom they beat in last year's Wimbledon final in their only previous meeting.
Also reaching the quarters were Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur and Kimiko Date-Krumm and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Kuznetsova and Stosur's 75 61 defeat of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova featured a dramatic first set in which they overcame six set points.