Hlavackova/ Hradecka upset Peschke/ Srebotnik in the quarterfinal – French Open 2011

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Hlavackova/ Hradecka upset Peschke/ Srebotnik in the quarterfinal – French Open 2011
The Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka upset Czech-Slovak duo of Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in straights sets 6-3, 7-5 in the quarterfinal of 2011 French Open, being played here at the Stade Roland Garros
in Paris, France on Monday. The Czech duo needed only one hour and twenty four minutes to expel their opponents from the tournament.
The Czech-Slovak pair’s flat shots missed their marks in the opening set, and they were broken a couple of times they served. But in a span of a few minutes, everything changed for the Czech-Slovak pair in the following set. Once
the second set started, their flats shots found their targets and they moved the Czech pair around the court. During all this, Czech pair did not lose their head and continued to play persistently. They were sharper during the whole process and their shots
seemed to have more pace than usual, possibly to keep up with their seeded opponent’s ground strokes.
The Czech-Slovak duo looked totally out of form under threatening skies on red stuff, falling behind 6-3 in the first set. Heading for an embarrassing one-sided loss, the Czech-Slovak pair broke back but the Czech pair of Hlavackova
and Hradecka ended their opponent’s ordeal just after 51 minutes in the second set.
In the second set, however, the Czech-Slovak duo of Peschke and Srebotnik  came back to life and exerted extreme pressure on the Czechs. Up 2-0, the Czech-Slovak pair took their opponents to deuce multiple times, trying to break
their serve in the second set. They, however, held on to get themselves on the board at 4-2.
However, the feisty Czechs looked to find to find a way back into the set as they broke back to get back on serve at 4-all. But their opponents were not willing to settle easily and broke their serve again to take the score at
5-4. However, fighting with every ounce of energy and power, the Czech pair finally broke serve to go up 6-5, serving for the match.
The Czech pair earned their straight sets victory by virtue of 71 percent of points on their service, 45 percent of points on return and total number of seven aces in the match. In comparison, the Czech-Slovak duo of Peschke and
Srebotnik hanged back in every area of the game and lost the match with a difference of fourteen points in total.
Up next for the Czech pair is either the Russian-Australian pair of Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Rodionova or the American-Kazakh pair of Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.   



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