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Taiwan’s Chan sisters suffer first-day exit in Rome

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, the recently reunited US duo whose nine WTA Tour doubles titles include the 2011 US Open and the WTA Championships, defeated Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday at the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome.

The US pair saved three of four break-point chances and converted five of nine to complete their first-round victory in 56 minutes at the Foro Italico. They next face eighth-seeded German duo Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld in the second round.

In Tuesday’s biggest women’s doubles match, fifth seeds Cara Black of Zimbabwe and India’s Sania Mirza battled past Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

Black, a two-time doubles winner in Rome, and Mirza are second on the Road to Singapore leaderboard, while Hingis, a former singles and doubles champion in Rome, and Lisicki earned most of the points that have put them in 10th place on the leaderboard by capturing the doubles title in Miami, where they defeated Black and Mirza in straight sets in the semi-finals.

Down 8-7 in the super tiebreak, Black and Mirza won three straight points to pull out a 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 triumph. With a 16-4 record this season, the duo next face Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia in the second round.

Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic and Alisa Kleybanova of Russia rallied from a 5-3 first-set deficit and a 4-2 second-set deficit to beat Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova and Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-5, 6-4.

Also advancing on Tuesday were Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, eighth on the Road to Singapore leaderboard, who defeated Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko and Oksana Kalashnikova of Georgia 6-2, 5-7, 10-4.

They next face joint world No. 1s and top seeds Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and China’s Peng Shuai, who received a bye into the second round.

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