Saturday, January 21, 2012

Top seeds retire in Australian Open doubles

Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik were the top-seeded doubles team at the Australian Open, but they retired during their second round match yesterday because Srebotnik sustained a back injury. The "real" upset occurred yesterday when Rika Fujiwara and Ayumi Morita defeated 10th seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Also, Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Nisulescu took out 9th seeds Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova.

Getting the retirement from Peschke and Srebotnik were Alla Kudryavtseva and Ekaterina Makarova. Makarova upset Vera Zvonareva in singles yesterday, also.

Jelena Jankovic is playing mixed doubles with Bernard Tomic; they defeated an  all-Australian team in the first round.

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