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Lisa Raymond advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw (US Presswire)

Tuesday July 31, 2012Gator Great Lisa Raymond Wins Olympic Doubles Second Round Match


Lisa Raymond advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw (US Presswire)

Gator great Lisa Raymond and her partner Liezel Huber won their 2012 Olympic second round women’s doubles match on Tuesday, defeating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska and Urszula Radwanska, 6-4, 7-6 (3) at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.


As the top-seed in the 32-team event, Raymond and Huber received a first-round bye and now find themselves in the quarterfinals after Tuesday’s straight-set win.


Raymond held serve three times in the opening set against the Polish pair, holding at love to take the first frame. Radwanska and Radwanska regrouped in the second set and took a 5-2 lead before Raymond again serve a love game and then the USA pair earned the important break before Huber held and got the set back on-serve at 5-all. Both teams held on the next trip to the baseline and the second headed to a tiebreak.


Poland held to begin the breaker, before Huber collected both of her serves and the USA led 2-1. Raymond and Huber then earned a mini break on the fourth point and again in the eighth to take a 6-2 lead en route to the victory.


Statistically, the match was nearly even, with the main difference being unforced errors, where the USA had six compared to Poland’s 15.


Raymond and Huber face Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesina in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, when they will be the first match on court 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET.


The Olympic mixed doubles pairings and draw were unveiled on Tuesday and Raymond will have a second chance at a medal as she teams with Mike Bryan as the No. 3 seed in the 16-team event. Raymond and Bryan meet Italy’s Sara Errani and Andreas Seppi in the first round on Wednesday and will be the sixth match on court 5, where action begins at 9:30 a.m. ET.


On July 8, 2012, Raymond paired with Mike Bryan and won the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Championship. Mixed doubles will be contested at the Olympic Games for the first time since 1924.


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