PARIS, France - No.2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina kept rolling in the doubles draw at Roland Garros on Friday, advancing past countrywomen Alla Kudryavtseva and Alexandra Panova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. The former champions, who raised the trophy in 2013, have not dropped a set in their two matches in Paris thus far.
Friday was a mixed day for the seeds in Paris, with two of the five seeded pairs in action being sent home.
No.6 seeded Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova were once again stretched to three sets, but eventually eased past Ana Konjuh and Magda Linette, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2. Also impressive in advancing were No.13 seeds Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson, who defeated Pauline Parmentier and Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2, 7-5.
However, No.5 seeds Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova were sent out in a three-set affair by Raluca Olaru and Olga Savchuk, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, while Nao Hibino and Alicja Rosolska came from a set down for the second straight match to upset No.17 seeds Anastasia Rodionova and Darija Jurak 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.
In unseeded action, Francesca Schiavone's farewell Roland Garros continued on Friday, as she partnered Kirsten Flipkens to a 6-2, 6-4 win over Myrtille Georges and Chloe Paquet. The 2010 champion in singles, Schiavone was a doubles finalist in 2008 with Casey Dellacqua. The pair will face Hibino and Rosolska for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Former champion Peng Shuai, who won the crown in 2014 with Hsieh Su-wei, also partnered Duan Ying-ying to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Daria Kasatkina and Irina Khromacheva.
Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who had the first stunner of the doubles draw when they defeated No.4 seeds Sania Mirza and Yaroslava Shvedova in the first round, saw their campaign continue as Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Andrea Petkovic were forced to retire after they won the first set, 6-2.