Bhupathi-Bopanna sail into semis
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna upset top seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Canada's Daniel Nestor in a hard-fought battle to enter the men's doubles semifinals of the Rome Masters.sports Updated: May 19, 2012 23:16 IST
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna upset top seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Canada's Daniel Nestor in a hard-fought battle to enter the men's doubles semifinals of the Rome Masters.
The seventh seeded Indians took an hour and nine minutes to get the better of the top seeds, 6-4, 7-5.
Bhupathi and Bopanna won 79 per cent of their service points, and converted a break of serve in each set to wrap up victory.
They will next take on third seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, who entered the semifinals after beating Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-2.
Sharapova on a roll
Defending champion Maria Sharapova will be seeking claycourt revenge on Sunday when she faces French Open champion Li Na of China in the final.
Sharapova, who booked a spot in her second consecutive title match at the Foro Italico, lost to Li in their Roland Garros semifinal a year ago in Paris.
Since then, they have not met on the surface, but number two Sharapova took victory in their latest match, a March Miami quarterfinal.
The Russian world number two beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to make the final while Li progressed without hitting a ball after Serena Williams withdrew, duw to back pain but admitting the pullout was just a precaution.
“When I was warming up this morning, I was really looking forward to playing against one of the best players ever,” said Li, who has not won a title since her triumph in Paris a year ago.