India's Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes won their respective mixed doubles quarter-final clashes of the US Open in New York on Monday to set up a mouth-watering clash for Indian tennis fans.
The fourth-seeded Indo-Swiss pair of Paes and Martina Hingis moved into the final four after getting a walk-over from the Romanian pair of Simona Halep and Horia Tecau. Bopanna and his Chinese Taipei partner Yung-Jan Chan, though, had to battle hard against Su-Wei Hsieh, also of Chinese Taipei, and Henri Kontinen of Finland.
The second-seeded Bopanna-Chan team got the better of Hsieh and Kontinen 7-6, 5-7, 13-11 in a one hour, 50 minute battle on Court 17.
Bopanna also continued his winning run in the men's doubles draw as he booked a quarter-final berth along with Romanian partner Florin Mergea. Bopanna and Mergea staved off the third-round challenge from Canada's Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted just over two hours. The sixth-seeded pair dished out 10 aces as compared to the three sent down by the Canadian-French pair, who were was seeded ninth.
The Indo-Romanian duo will face Dominic Inglot of Great Britain and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden in the last-eight encounter.
India also saw success in the junior girls section as Karman Kaur Thandi served past Germany's Katharina Hobgarski 6-3, 7-6 in the singles opening round. Thandi will now face Evgeniya Levashova of Russia in the third round. However, 15th-seeded Pranjala Yadlapalli had to bow out after suffering a 6-7, 3-6 first-round defeat against Valentini Grammatikopoulou of Greece.
Even Thandi, 17, was not lucky in the junior girls doubles as she and Elini Christofi of Greece suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of the Australian duo of Kimberly Birrell and Maddison Inglis 3-6, 5-7.