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Sania-Elena battle into semifinals

sports Updated: Jun 30, 2011 01:17 IST

Reuters
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Sania Mirza reached the Wimbledon doubles semifinal for the first time in her career after she and Elena Vesnina came from behind to beat Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja on Wednesday.

The fourth seed Indo-Russian pair recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over the unseeded Spanish pair in the quarterfinal.

Reaching the quarterfinals with American partner Bathanie Mattek in 2008 was her best performance till Wednesday's match.

The Roland Garros finalists faced stiff resistance from the giant killing Spanish combo but they quickly got back into the rhythm to prevail in a hard-fought battle.

They will next face the winner of the other quarterfinal match between the Chinese pair of Shuai Peng and Jie Zheng and Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik.

Mixed doubles win
Sania with partner Rohan Bopanna reached the third round of the mixed doubles event with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Great Britain's Jamie Murray and Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia.

Bryans win an epic
Top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan had a tougher-than-expected task to book their quarter-final spot as they were pushed all the way by unseeded pairing Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley before coming through victorious in a 101-minute fifth set.

The American twins had started the day tied at 3-3 in the deciding set - the match having been called off the previous evening due to rain - and the No.2 Court crowd was treated to a feast of strong serving and impeccable net play before the Bryans finally claimed it 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 16-14. The turning point came in the 29th game of the set. With the score at 14-14, the twins conjured up magical tennis to earn the break.