LONDON, Great Britain
Two years ago, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina let a 5-2 third set lead slip in the Wimbledon doubles final. Tomorrow, they'll get a second bite of the cherry following their 7-5, 6-2 dismissal of No.12 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke.
A cagy first set saw both partnerships demonstrate their complementary strengths - but also weaknesses. 42-year-old Peschke, the 2011 women's doubles champion at Wimbledon with Katarina Srebotnik, showcased feathery touch with a number of stop volleys that took advantage of the Russians' frequent one-up-one-back formation - but was also the target of the heaviest groundstroke bombs unleashed by Makarova in particular