MELBOURNE, Australia - Shahar Peer and Sílvia Soler-Espinosa continued to impress in their debut event with yet another three set win in securing a quarterfinal berth at the Australian Open on Sunday.
The Israeli-Spanish combination edged Chan Yung-Jan and Janette Husarova in three sets in the first round and reigning Wimbledon and WTA Championships titlists Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai in another three-setter in the second round.
Hradecka and Krajicek certainly had the power advantage, as proven by out-acing their opponents 12 to 0 and having 19 more winners. However, Peer and Soler-Espinosa were steadier in producing 22 less unforced errors in their 46 76(5) 62 triumph. That put Peer into a Grand Slam doubles quarterfinal for the first time since the 2010 French Open and Soler-Espinosa for the second time in her career, having also gotten that far at the 2013 Australian Open alongside Carla Suárez Navarro.
Also booking a quarterfinal berth were No.1 seeds and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, who improved to 14-2 here with their most dominant performance of the fortnight so far - a 62 62 rout of Australian wildcards Monique Adamczak and Olivia Rogowska.
Next up for Peschke and Srebotnik are Australian-Croatian duo Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic, who recorded a 62 75 defeat of Timea Babos and Petra Martic. Gajdosova is the only player remaining in the draw from Australia, a country looking for its first champion in this event since Alicia Molik in 2005.