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Day 8 serves up unpredictable doubles action

Julia Goerges and Kveta Peschke
By Dana Czapnik
Monday, September 3, 2012

The women's doubles team of American Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan were upset in the third round on Monday by the 11th seeded team of Julia Goerges of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2.

King and Shvedova, who were the runners up in 2011 and the won the tournament together in 2010, were the No. 5 seeds and one of the favorites to go deep into the tournament this year, but Peschke and Goerges took them out by playing tough defense at the net and hitting winners from all over the court.

After winning the first set 6-4, Peschke and Goerges took a commanding 4-1 in the second set. They nearly got another break, but King and Shvedova held serve after King accidentally smacked a return at net that hit Goerges’ cheek for a winner.

But Goerges got her revenge, holding the following game and then breaking the former champs to win the match.

Peschke and Goerges will face the All-Italian number No. 2 seeds, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the fourth round of play.

The Bryan Brothers followed the women on Grandstand and won a very tough match against the 16th seeds, Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Scott Lipsky of the U.S., who brought the 11-time Grand Slam champions to a tiebreak in the first and second sets. While Gonzalez and Lipsky won the first set tiebreak 7-6(6), Mike and Bob Bryan fought back and won the second set 7-6(5) and the third set 6-3 to advance to the fourth round. Read the full match report here.

Out on Court 17, the unseeded women’s doubles team of Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Shuai Peng of China notched a huge 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 upset over the number six seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elana Vesnina of Russia.

Also on Court 17, the 15th seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil won a tough three-setter against veterans Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(3). Peya and Soares are playing their first Grand Slam tournament together as doubles partners.

On Court 11, the women’s eighth and ninth seeded doubles teams played a long, tough match. The No. 8 seeds Spaniards Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Nuria Llagostera Vives ultimately got the best of the All-American team of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, winning 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-5. Martinez Sanchez and Llagostera Vives will play the winner of tonight’s Williams sisters’ match against the All-Russian team Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova.

Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut upset the 12th-seeded men’s doubles team of Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 7-6(2), 6-3 to advance to the fourth round where they will take on the Bryan Brothers.

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