PARIS, France - Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua kept the Australian flag flying high in Paris, edging past countrywoman Daria Gavrilova and partner Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach the quarterfinals of Roland Garros, 7-6(2), 6-4.
Barty and Dellacqua, who came into this tournament off of a title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg and earlier in the season won Kuala Lumpur, have yet to drop a set and proved once again why they were named a team to watch.
But they faced their biggest test of the tournament on Monday against countrywoman Gavrilova and partner Pavlyuchenkova. The pair traded breaks twice in the tight opening set, with the Russian-Aussie duo striking first and Barty and Dellacqua getting it straight back.
After six breaks the pairs stayed toe-to-toe into the tiebreaker, where Barty and Dellacqua pulled away and reeled off five points in a row to close it out.
Things were just as tight in the second set, but Barty and Dellacqua managed to tamp down their opponents’ early resistance to build up a 4-1 lead, marching ahead to claim the match after an hour and 33 minutes.
Also in action, the top seeded teams stayed on course into the quarterfinals. Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, the No.2 seeded all-Russian team came back from a set down to dispatch No.15 seeds Andreja Klepac and María José Martinez Sanchez, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The No.1 seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova recovered from an early break against the No.14 seeds and fan favorites Kristina Mladenovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova to move on in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. And the No.6 seeded all-Czech team of Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova edged through in a tight 7-5, 7-5 win against the No.12 seeds Chan Hao-Ching and Barbora Krejcikova.