Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Lu Yen-hsun exited the Sony Open on Saturday as both fell to shock defeats in Miami.
In the women’s doubles, it was a day of shocks as top seeds Hsieh and Peng Shuai of China, and third-seeded Italian duo Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were beaten.
Doubles world No. 2 Hsieh and world No. 1 Peng, the reigning Wimbledon champions and the winners at Indian Wells the previous weekend, took on Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic, and it was Date-Krumm and Zahlavova Strycova who looked like the more experienced pairing in a 6-2, 7-6 (9/7) triumph in which they rallied from 5-1 down in the second set, overcoming five set points.
“After the first set, we played more passive, which wasn’t working, but then after we were losing 5-1 in the second set, we calmed down and stopped making as many mistakes,” Date-Krumm told the WTA Web site.
Four-time Grand Slam champions Errani and Vinci were on the end of a 7-6 (9/7), 1-6, 12-10 defeat to Spanish duo Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro, despite winning four more points than they lost. The Spaniards survived two match points in the super tiebreak.
Those defeats left second-seeded Russian pairing Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina as the favorites in Miami, but they did not have it easy either. They were two games from defeat at 6-4, 4-3 against Croatian duo Marina Erakovic and Petra Martic, before going on to a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 triumph.
“It was a very difficult match for us,” Vesnina told the WTA Web site. “Ekaterina played a two-and-a-half-hour singles match today, so she was a little bit tired. Our opponents played really well. We won only one out of nine or 10 deciding deuce points, so we felt we were a little bit unlucky, especially in the first set, but we are so happy that we turned it around and won it in the super tiebreak.”
In the men’s singles, Taiwan’s Lu was shocked by lucky loser Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in a three-set thriller. Lu had been due to face world No. 13 Tommy Haas of Germany, who pulled out of the tournament.
World No. 89 Lajovic took the first set 6-1, before world No. 50 Lu rallied in the second, winning in the tiebreak. Lajovic wrapped up the match in the third, though, to claim a 6-1, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 victory in 1 hour, 44 minutes.
Lajovic converted four of five beak-point chances and saved five of the six Lu had against him to set up a third-round match with 22nd seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine.