Friday, April 16, 2010

2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds out of Charleston doubles draw

The doubles draw has gone topsy-turvy in Charleston. The team of Vania King and Michaella Krajicek upset the 2nd seeds, Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs, today in the quarterfinals. Raymond and Stubbs barely escaped a loss in yesterday's match, and things didn't go well at all for them today. With first and second serve percentages of 39 and 37, Raymond and a contrary Stubbs were defeated 6-4, 6-1.

4th seeds Peng Shuai and Elena Vesnina withdrew from the tournament, and 3rd seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi were upset 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 by Nathalie Grandin and Abigail Spears. In the first set, Yan repeatedly threw volleys into the net, and she and Mattek-Sands allowed Grandin and Spears to dictate play. The 3rd seeds slowly gained momentum in the second set, breaking their opponents three times. In the second half of that set, Mattek-Sands began to serve with more authority, and to find more opportunities to volley. But in the super-tiebreak, Grandin and Spears regained control of the match, with Spears attacking practically everything that didn't reach the baseline.

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