Thursday, March 12, 2009

Doubles seeds going out fast in Indian Wells

Yesterday it was number 3 seeds Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond who went out in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open. They were defeated by Hsieh Su-wei and Peng Shuai, 2-6, 7-6, 13-11.

Going out today, also in the first round, were number 2 seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, defeated by wild cards Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amelie Mauresmo. Also defeated were 5th seeds Daniela Hantuchova and Ai Sugiyama, who lost to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.

The unseeded team of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Patty Schnyder also lost in the first round. I expected them to do better, but they had a tough draw, and were taken out by 7th seeds Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta.

And that other doubles player--wild card Maria Sharapova--playing with Elena Vesnina, also lost in the first round. Sharapova and Vesnina were defeated, 6-1, 4-6, 10-7, by Ekaterina Makarova and Tatiana Poutchek.

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