Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis ease into Wimbledon doubles semis
Sania Mirza equalled her best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the women's doubles semi-finals of the lone grass court Major with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in London.tennis Updated: Jul 09, 2015 14:49 IST
Sania Mirza equalled her best performance at Wimbledon by reaching the women's doubles semi-finals of the lone grass court Major with Swiss partner Martina Hingis in London.
Sania, who had reached the semis in 2011 too with Elena Vesnina, and Martina came out with a clinical performance to enter the semis on Wednesday evening. The top seeds needed only an hour and 19 minutes to beat Australian-Kazakh ninth seeds Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5, 6-3 in the quarter-final played on Court 3 of the All England Club.
Sania and Martina started off on an aggressive note, winning 20 of 27 first serve points. But Dellacqua-Shvedova came back strongly by winning a break point. However, that didn't help their cause as the top seeds were too strong to break their opponents twice that led them to take the first set 7-5.
The second set saw the top seeds play more aggressively for their quest of the semis berth. The pair broke their opponents once and a double fault by Dellacqua-Shvedova made it easy for the Indo-Swiss combine to win the set 6-3 and advance to the last four.
Sania and Martina next face American fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears on Friday for a spot in the final.
Later in the first round of girls' doubles, Colombian-Indonesian pair of Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez and Deria Nur Haliza defeated Indo-Japanese combine of Pranjala Yadlapalli and Chihiro Muramatsu 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour on Court 14.