UPSET FOR FAVORITE TEAMS

First team to reach the semi-finals at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup doubles competition is Laura Pous-Tio and Renata Voracova. Spanish and Czech duo overcame second seeds Johanna Larsson/Oksana Kalashnikova in straight-sets.

The match lasted 58 minutes as Pous-Tio/Voracova was victorious 6-3, 6-2 to book their place in final four. They will next face the winner of Sofia Shapatava/Marina Melnikova – Xenia Knoll/Danka Kovinic.

TOP SEEDS ARE ALSO OUT
There were also three first round doubles encounters where top seed Ukranians surprised by Japanese tandem Nao Hibino/Kurumi Nara. Got broken seven times, Olga Savchuk/Kateryna Bondarenko lost 6-3, 6-2 against Hibino/Nara.

Reka-Luca Jani/Maryna Zanevska defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova/Cagla Buyukakcay 6-1, 7-6, while Melnikova/Shapatava smashed Elena Bogdan/Cristina Dinu 6-0, 6-1 for the quarter-final berth.