The chances of Sania Mirza and Leander Paes squaring off against each other for the French Open mixed doubles title increased as Sania and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig overcame a mid-match lapse to make the mixed doubles semi-finals of the French Open on Thursday.
The second-seeded Indo-Croat pair overcame a mid-match lapse to beat the seventh-seeded Yung-Jan Chan and Max Mirnyi 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 in the quarterfinals.
Sania last won a mixed doubles Grand Slam trophy at the 2014 US Open with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.
They next face third seeds and local favourites Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who got the better of American eighth seeds Bob Bryan and Coco Vandeweghe 2-6, 6-2, 13-11 in their quarterfinal encounter.
In the top half of the draw, Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis won their quarterfinal against fifth seeds Elena Vesnina and Soares, beating them 6-4, 6-3.
Paes and Hingis, winners of Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in 2015, next face sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova from Czech Republic and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Thus one more win each for both the Indians will ensure that they will play each other in the final.