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Cara eyes Aussie quarter-finals


Cara Black breezed into the third round of the Australian Open as she continues her bid for a second women’s doubles triumph at the tennis season’s opening major on Saturday.

The fifth-seeded Zimbabwean star and her Australian playing partner Anastasia Rodionova now need to get past the un-seeded American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears to make it into the quarter-finals.

Cara and Anastasia got off to a flying start beating Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova and Tamara Paszek of Austria 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

They followed that up with another straight sets win over Romanian Sorana Cirstea and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, beating them 6-4, 7-5.

Cara will be looking to go one better over last year when she and ex-partner Liezel Huber agonisingly finished runners up to the Williams sister Serena and Venus.

She last won the Australian Open in 2007 with Huber.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean is also looking to defend the mixed doubles title she won with Indian Leander Paes last year.

The pair are through to the second round after a tough opening round.

Seeded fourth, Cara and Leander had a scare in the first round against Russian Alisa Kleybanova and Max Mirnyi of the Belarus.

The 2010 champions marginally took the first set 7-6 and were pegged back 4-6 in the second set before winning 12-10 in the tie break.

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