Wimbledon 2017: Good day for India as Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna advance

first_imgIndian tennis star Sania Mirza advanced to the third round of the women’s doubles and quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event while Rohan Bopanna reached the quarter-finals in the mixed doubles to keep the Indian flag flying at the Wimbledon on Saturday.Mirza and her Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens defeated the British pair of Naomi Broady and Heather Watson 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in an intensely-fought encounter to advance in the women’s doubles in one hour and 45 minutes.The Indo-Belgian pair, seeded 13th, will meet third seeds Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei in the Round of 16 on July 10.Hingis and Chan earlier defeated unseeded Russian pair Veronika Kudermetova and Natela Dzalamidze 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.With Croatian Ivan Dodig, Mirza beat the Japanese pair of Yusuke Watanuki and Makoto Ninomiya 7-6(5), 6-2 in the mixed doubles Round of 16 on Saturday.In the first set, both pairs held their serves and took the set to the tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Dodig-Mirza opened an early big lead of 5-1 but the Japanese fought back to win four points to make it 6-5 only for Dodig-Mirza to win the tiebreak 7-5 with their serve.The second set began brilliantly for the Indo-Croatian pair as they broke Watanuki-Ninomiya in the first game itself and held their serve in the second game to go up 2-0.Dodig-Mirza broke the Japanese pair once again in the seventh game to widen the lead to 5-2 and then won the set 6-2 on their serve.advertisementOn the other hand, Rohan Bopanna and Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski eased past the French-Romanian duo of Fabrice Martin and Raluca Olaru 7-6(3), 7-5 to advance to the quarter-finals on Saturday.The first set saw the same fate as the Dodig-Mirza match when both pairs held their serves and the set went into the tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Bopanna and Dabrowski were outrightly dominant as they let their opponents score only 2 points and won four points on the trot to win the tiebreak 7-2.In the second set, both teams showed similar play as they kept holding their serves but Bopanna-Dabrowski finally managed to break the French-Romanian duo in the 11th game to go up 6-5 and thereafter, they held their serve to win the set 7-5.Bopanna-Dabrowski won the French Open 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 on June 8 this year.last_img

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