Williams sisters upset by Chinese pair in doubles

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{image-williams sisters_06032008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Bangalore, Mar 6: The Williams sisters' dream of making it to final in the doubles were shuttered as Serena and Venus went down to third seed China pair Shuai Peng and Tiantian in the USD 600,000 WTA Tier II Bangalore open here today.

In the match played late last night, Venus and Serena could not withstand the onslaught by the China pair and went down 7-5, 2-6, 9-11, despite stretching the third and the deciding set to super tie-breaker. During the 86- minute battle, the sisters made many unforced errors and Serena, who had easily beaten Tzipora Obziler of Israel in the singles earlier in the day, could not maintain her tempo and most of her returns were off the mark, earning points for the opponents.

The Chinese pair also showed superb understanding and took full advantage of the sisters' weak returns and erratic shots.

After winning the first set (7-5) the sisters took time to relax which costed them the second set (6-2). However, by the time they realised and took the decider to the tie breaker it was too late as the well settled China pair broke the sisters' serve many a time.

In a second round singles match, fourth seed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland sailed to Quarter finals by defeating Aiko Nakamura of Japan 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2.

In the battle that lasted for more than two hours, Nakamura made Patty, ranked 12 in the WTA to sweat it out before going down.

The teen aged Patty despite taking the first set to tie-breaker, failed to hold on and lost the set (6-7 (4). But she immediately regained her composure and went on to win the second 6-4, and the third 6-2 to enter the last sixteen stage.


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