By Jaclyn Stacey
( January 23, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – While the men’s and women’s singles quarterfinals have enthralled viewers of the Australian Open on day ten, on the outdoor courts the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles have been heading to the pointy end of their respective tournaments.
The number one seeded women’s doubles pairing of Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci won in straight sets over the fourth seeded Russian pairing of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-4 and progressed through to the final to be held on Friday afternoon.
The top seeds will face the unseeded Aussie duo of Casey Dellacqua and 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty in the final after they defeated the pairing of Varvara Lepchenko and Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-4 late on Wednesday night. The Australians have been a surprise package at the tournament so far and have received great support from the local crowds.
The men’s doubles competed at the quarterfinal stage of the draw on Wednesday with top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan advancing to the semifinals with a straight sets over Daniele Bracciali and Lukas Dlouhy. They will play the Italian pairing of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini for a place in the final.
Third seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez defeated the unseeded pairing of Tomaz Bellucci and Benoit Paire 6-3 6-1 and will play the dutch duo of Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the semifinals after the pair defeated Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in a tough two sets.
In the mixed doubles competition Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski defeated Su-Wei Hsieh and Rohan Bopanna to progress through to the semifinals and will play the winner of the quarterfinal between Sania Mirza/Bob Bryan and Lucie Hradecka/Frantisek Cermak.
Yaroslava Shvedova and Denis Istomin also advanced to the semifinals and they will meet the winner of the match between fifth seeds Nadia Petrova/Mahesh Bhupathi and Australians Jarmila Gajdosova/Matt Ebden.
Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.