US Open: Paes-Hingis to face Bopanna-Chan in mixed doubles semis

  • PTI, New York
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:44 IST
Switzerland's Martina Hingis (L) and her partner India's Leander Paes beat top seeds Mike Bryan and Bethanie Mattek Sands of the United States 6-3, 6-4 on July 10, 2015 to enter the mixed doubles final of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. (AFP Photo)

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.

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