Top seeds, Zimbabwe tennis queen Cara Black and playing partner Anastasia Rodionova, are through to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International tennis tournament as they continue with their preparations for the season’s first major.
The lower-tier event is one of a number of tournaments that lead up of the WTA tour’s first major, the Australian Open, which is set for Melbourne on January 17.
Cara, crowned the Zimbabwe Sportsperson of the Year last month, and Anastasia made it into the semi-finals of the event after getting past the unseeded Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 3-6 and 10-2 in a tiebreak.
They were due to take on Russians Alisa Kleybanova and Anasasia Pavlyuchenkov for a berth in the finals. Cara – Zimbabwe’s top female tennis player – is also likely to play in ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, and the Medibank International in Sydney before she makes another bid for the Aussie Open.
The Zimbabwean has only won the season-opening major once in 2007 and will be looking to make up for her disappointment in 2010. Last year Cara and Liezel Huber, with whom she split up later in the year, were beaten 6-4, 6-3 in the final by the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus.
Cara however, made up for doubles disappointment by winning the mixed doubles with Leander Paes of India.