MIAMI, FL, USA - Lisa Raymond and Lara Robson are 20 years apart and playing their first WTA event together, yet find themselves in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis doubles event after a narrow victory on Sunday.
The 39-year-old Raymond, a three-time Miami champion and three-time runner-up, first played doubles here in 1994 - the year Robson was born. The 19-year-old Robson is playing doubles here for the first time. Nevertheless, the American-British duo are proving to be a dangerous combination, having knocked off No.6 seed Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the first round and then Tatjana Malek and Tamarine Tanasugarn in the second round.
Raymond and Robson were tested a bit more in their latest match, dropping the first set before racing out to a 5-0 second set lead and a 5-1 lead in the match tie-break of their 46 61 108 triumph. The competition gets tougher in the quarters, as fourth-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina await.
Makarova and Vesnina were 76(3) 60 winners over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova, surviving a set point and a 5-3 deficit in the first set before cruising through a 21-minute second set. Last week's Indian Wells champions are now 12-1 on the year.
"It was a very difficult match against a good team that has played a lot of matches together," Vesnina said. "We were lucky that we pulled that first set out."
"You need a few of these tough matches because it helps your confidence in the long term," Srebotnik said. "When you're in these situations more often, you know how to handle them. We're really pleased with the way we played, especially the first set and the super tie-break."
"That's a relatively new team," Srebotnik said. "It's going to be a really interesting match. So far, Nadia and I have been really consistent throughout the whole year and we have a lot of confidence. We'll do our best to play our game and hopefully we will win."