Asagoe reaches last 8 of women’s doubles


Shinobu Asagoe of Japan and Slovenian partner Katarina Srebotnik outlasted Liezel Huber of South Africa and Italy’s Francesca Schiavone in a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) win to reach the women’s doubles quarterfinals on Sunday.

The No. 9 seeds committed just six unforced errors to their opponent’s 12 and rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the final set before shaking off match point to force a tiebreaker against the eighth-seeded pair at Melbourne Park.

Huber, last year’s Wimbledon doubles champion, and Schiavone lost despite posting nine winners to their opponent’s three.