On a day where two of the top teams were ousted, Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta battled three tough sets to stay alive in the Australian Open doubles event.
WTA Staff

MELBOURNE, Australia - Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta dodged the upset bug that was going around the doubles draw at the Australian Open on Friday, holding off Daniela Hantuchova and Karin Knapp under the lights for a spot in the third round. Three seeded teams weren't as lucky, though.

Hingis and Pennetta, the No.4 seeds this fortnight, seemed headed for a straight set victory as they cruised through the first set and then, after falling behind 5-2 in the second set, clawed back to take the set to a tie-break and go up 4-2 there, just three points away from victory. Hantuchova and Knapp kept fighting, though, winning five of the next six points to push the match to a third and deciding set.

But that third set was all Hingis and Pennetta, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never really looked back, eventually finishing the match off with back-to-back volley winners, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2.

Hingis and Pennetta teamed up together for the first time last June and have already had a wealth of success together, winning Premier-level titles at Wuhan and Moscow and reaching another two finals at Eastbourne and the US Open (where they fell to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina).

The No.5 seeds, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, were also pushed to the brink but managed to get past Vitalia Diatchenko and Monica Niculescu in a third set breaker, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5).

No.12 seeds Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and No.13 seeds Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova also made it through to the third round on a windy Friday afternoon.

But three seeds - and two Top 6 seeds - were ousted, as No.2 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Sania Mirza fell to Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska, 7-6(5), 6-4, No.6 seeds Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro fell to Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Andreja Klepac, 7-6(6), 6-4, and No.15 seeds Kimiko Date-Krumm and Casey Dellacqua lost to Sílvia Soler-Espinosa and María-Teresa Torró-Flor, 7-5, 6-2.

Muguruza and Suárez Navarro were one of the eight doubles teams who qualified for the WTA's crown jewel event, the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, last October.