Aussie women excel on doubles court
Aussies Ash Barty, Casey Dellacqua and Sam Stosur have enjoyed impressive victories in the women's doubles event at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday.
Australian duo Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua have survived a tough first round doubles match against talented wildcard pairing Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, compatriot Sam Stosur combined with Svetlana Kuznetsova to oust No.3 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in a nail-biter.
Barty and Dellacqua, the seventh seeds at Indian Wells, recovered from a deficit in the opening set and clawed their way back from 4-2 down in the second to lead 5-4.
But the coach-protege pairing of Hingis and Lisicki came roaring back, storming through the second set tiebreak without the loss of a point and sending the match to a decisive match tiebreak.
This was where Barty and Dellacqua’s greater experience as a duo shone through.
Finalists at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2013, the Aussie pair held firm to run out 6-4 6-7(0) [10-6] winners to advance to the second round.
Stosur and Kuznetsova, a wildcard pairing, won in near-identical circumstances.
Playing the Italian duo of Errani and Vinci who are four-time major winners – Australian Open 2013 and 2014, and both the French and US Opens in 2012 – the Australian-Russian pairing came through thanks to a 6-3 3-6 [10-6] victory.
Next up for the pair is a second round match against Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova.
“I do like playing doubles,” said Stosur, who has committed to teaming with the Russian for the rest of 2014.
“Svetlana and I, we’re planning to play whenever we do want to play – provided we’re healthy and can do it – at a bunch of the bigger tournaments and the Grand Slams, (and) see how we feel week-to-week as to whether we want to play.”