Serena, Wozniacki team up to advance in Auckland doubles

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Former world No.1 Serena Williams (proper) and Caroline Wozniacki had been a show-stopper as doubles companions within the ongoing WTA occasion in Auckland.
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Auckland: Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki teamed up within the doubles for the primary time to beat Japanese pair Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-2, 6-4 on the Auckland Traditional on Monday.

Wozniacki is ready to retire after the Australian Open later this month and Serena mentioned she wished to accomplice the Dane earlier than she hung up her racket.

“I needed to play along with her earlier than she retires,” the 38-year-old Serena mentioned after the win noticed the unseeded pair advance to the quarter-finals, the place they may face the highest seeds Caroline Dolehide and Johanna Larsson.

The Japanese duo struggled to cope with Serena’s highly effective serve within the opening levels earlier than they obtained the measure of the American veteran to interrupt her as soon as.

However Serena and Wozniacki, who seemed relaxed all through the match and even discovered the time to joke with one another, continued to press within the second set and wrapped up the match in 71 minutes.

Serena and Wozniacki start their singles campaigns at Auckland on Tuesday.

In Monday’s singles matches, French eighth seed Caroline Garcia rallied to beat American Taylor Townsend 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 in a match that lasted over two-and-a-half hours.

American teenager Coco Gauff, the youngest participant within the draw at 15, noticed off the problem of final yr’s semi-finalist Viktoria Kuzmova to advance with a formidable 6-3, 6-1 victory in 61 minutes.

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