MIAMI, FL, USA - After a couple straight days of doubles surprises at the Sony Open Tennis, No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and No.3 seeds Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik led an upset-free day of second round action Monday.
Though Makarova and Vesnina failed to close out Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld when Makarova served for the match at 6-5 in the second set, the Russians came through in the tie-break for a 63 76(4) victory. That improved them to 3-0 in the series without having dropped a set.
"It was a good match," Makarova said. "We just played against them in Indian Wells also in the second round, which is quite interesting. I think we played very solid. We had a little trouble at the end of the second set. It's good that we got our focus back and finally won."
"We were trying to stay positive. That was the key to the match," Vesnina said. "We tried to help and support each other. It was a very close match, but we were just a little bit better at the key moments."
"We just lost to them in Dubai," Makarova said. "I think it will be an interesting match. They are a really good doubles team and have played together for a while. We'll try to stay as aggressive and as positive as we can. We will see what happens."
"We were trailing 0-3 in the second set, but it could have been 2-1 for us or even 3-0," Srebotnik said. "But you have to work with what you have. We dug in deep and fought back. We're happy we won in two sets without having to go to a super tie-break."
Srebotnik said the rash of upsets that has seen four of the eight seeded duos not make it out of Miami's second round doesn't bother her and Peschke.
"It doesn't affect us at all because we don't look at what other teams are doing," Srebotnik said. "You can lose or win against anybody, so it doesn't make a difference whether the top teams are winning or losing. We just focus on our opponents and go match by match. You cannot play that game where you look at the whole tournament and you already see yourself in the final. It doesn't work like that."