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Bopanna, Sania win, all over for Bhupathi

sports Updated: Jul 04, 2013 00:49 IST

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India had a good day in office as Rohan Bopanna secured a quarterfinal berth while Sania Mirza too sealed a place in the last-eight stage with their respective partners in the mixed doubles competition at the Wimbledon on Wednesday.

However, Mahesh Bhupathi's campaign ended after losing a fiercely-fought men's doubles quarter-final along with partner Julian Knowle to top seeded American twins Mike and Bob Bryan.

While Bopanna and his Chinese partner Jie Zheng overcame the fighting Swedish-Hungarian duo of Johan Brunstrom and Katalin Marosi 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1, Sania and Horia Tecau of Romania posted a comfortable 6-1 7-5 win over Eric Butorac of USA and Alize Cornet of France.

The seventh seeded Bopanna and Zheng took a little less than an hour and a half to get the better of their opponents.

Bopanna has earlier sealed a spot in his first ever Wimbledon semifinals with French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the men's doubles.

Sania and her Romanian partner outplayed the French-American pair in exactly an hour.

They would next face the winner of the match between eighth seeded Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic, and Aisam Qureshi and Cara Black, seeded 10th.

Mixed bag for Paes
For Leander Paes, it was a mixed day (on Tuesday) as he advanced to the men's doubles semifinals with Czech Radek Stepanek but suffered a tame defeat in the mixed doubles with Chinese partner Saisai Zheng.