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Doubles Report: Three all-American teams achieve upsets

Venus and Serena Williams take on No. 12 seeds Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round of women's doubles.
By Olivia Wittels
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Venus and Serena Williams continued their doubles dominance on Day 7 of the US Open with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 rout – technically an upset – over the No. 12 seeds, Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Continuing their quest for a 14th Grand Slam doubles title, the Williams sisters made just four unforced errors in the 47-minute match, winning 95-percent of their first serve points.

Along with Venus and Serena, two other all-American teams achieved big upsets on Sunday. First, Taylor Townsend and Donald Young claimed a spot in the mixed doubles quarterfinals after defeating the No. 2 seeds, Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic and Alexander Peya of Austria, 6-3, 6-3.

In men's doubles, Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram earned a straight-sets upset of their own. The unseeded Americans beat the No. 3 seeds, Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, 6-3, 6-4.

Another all-American pair on court today, Vania King and Lisa Raymond, almost caused another upset against Russians Elena Makarova and Elena Vesina. The No. 4 seeds ultimately prevailed, however, winning in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

No. 4 mens’ doubles seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil cruised to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mariusz Frystenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland, while No. 12 seeds Eric Butorac of America and Raven Klaasen of South Africa needed three sets to defeat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Philipp Oswald of Austria, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

After a brief rain delay, the No. 6 mixed doubles seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Raven Klaasen of South Africa topped Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Rohan Bopanna of India, 6-3, 6-4.

On Court 11, Americans Christina McHale and Stefan Kozlov fell 5-7, 6-2, [10-8] after dropping a third set super tiebreaker to Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.

Day 8 of the Open features the No. 1 men’s seeds and four-time US Open doubles champions, Bob and Mike Bryan. The Bryan brothers are set for an all-American clash against Bradley Klahn and Tim Smyczek in Louis Armstrong stadium tomorrow morning.

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