LONDON, England - Though it wasn't on the scale of the upsets that ravaged the singles draw on Wednesday, there was a surprise of note in first round doubles action on Thursday at Wimbledon - with No.9 seeds Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova being eliminated.
In their last two outings, Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova won their second and biggest WTA title to date in Madrid and reached the quarterfinals of Roland Garros - the second straight Grand Slam they had gotten that far. Therefore, they certainly came into Wimbledon with high expectations.
However, first time pairing Shuko Aoyama and Chanelle Scheepers squeaked out a 36 63 64 victory to make Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova the first round's highest-seeded upset victims. Japanese-South African duo Aoyama and Scheepers should like their chances to keep advancing, as they play qualifiers Raluca Olaru and Olga Savchuk next.
Fresh off a title at their first grass court event together last week in Eastbourne, Petrova and Srebotnik never faced a break point in their 48-minute, 61 62 defeat of Lourdes Domínguez Lino and Garbiñe Muguruza for their 40th win as a duo.
Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson against No.7 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke is among the second round matches scheduled for Friday. Raymond is a six-time Grand Slam champion, including Wimbledon in 2001 with Rennae Stubbs, and Peschke won her lone Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2011 alongside Srebotnik. Also, No.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will look for their second win in three meetings with Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova.