Raymond, 38, and Huber, 35, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and saved four match points in the tiebreaker to fight back to 6-all. But Mirza and Vesnina eventually closed out the 93-minute deciding set.
YOUNG ITALIAN: Sara Errani is having the Grand Slam tournament of her life.
The 24-year-old Italian has advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles and doubles at the Australian Open _ the farthest she’s gone in either draw at a major.
Errani’s good form means she’ll have a busy day on Wednesday. First, she’ll play Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the morning. A few hours later, she’s scheduled to play doubles with Roberta Vinci against the seventh-seeded Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka for a spot in the doubles final.
She’ll also get a chance to play her first match on the premier court at the Australian Open _ Rod Laver Arena.
“What can I say? I’ve only seen it as a spectator,” she told the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “All these situations are new to me and I seem to be able to manage them well.”
The 48th-ranked Errani, whose previous best Grand Slam result in singles is reaching the third round, is similarly not nervous about facing a player of Kvitova’s stature. The two have never met before.
“She’s a beast. The important thing is not to allow yourself to get eaten, trying to be more aggressive than her,” Errani said.
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