LONDON, Great Britain – The first round of the Wimbledon doubles competitions wrapped up on Thursday with the No.2 seeded Russians Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova dropping just four games in a decisive victory.
In a topsy-turvy Day 4 that saw plenty of upsets and surprises in the singles draw, the doubles draw proved just as exciting.
Makarova – who hours before had fallen to countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova in a two-set thriller – put her singles loss behind her to join Vesnina against Varvara Lepchenko and Carina Witthoeft.
The Russian broke Lepchenko and Witthoeft five times and needed just 59 minutes to wrap up the 6-2, 6-2 victory over the unseeded duo.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the top seeds, as the No.6 pair Abigail Spears and Katarina Srebotnik found themselves crashing out in a rollercoaster three sets against youngsters Beatriz Haddad Maia and Ana Konjuh, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-4.
The all-British duo of Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson gave home fans much to cheer about as they took down the No.11 seeds Jelena Ostapenko and Raquel Atawo 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Meanwhile, the No.4 seeds Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova took on an all-British duo – as well as the strong local support in the stands – but posted a strong 6-2, 7-5 victory over Katie Boulter and Katie Swan.
Also in action, the No.8 eight seeded Aussies Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua got their Wimbledon campaign off to a fine start with a win against the dangerous pairing of Jelena Jankovic and CoCo Vandeweghe, advancing 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
The final second-round spot up for grabs will have to be decided tomorrow, as the No.7 seeds Julia Goerges and Barbora Strycova found their encounter with Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Krejcikova suspended mid-match due to darkness. Goerges and Strycova took the opening set 6-4, but the unseeded duo struck right back 6-7(5) to send the match into a decider.
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