French Open Doubles: Sania, Hingis make quarters; Paes, Bopanna lose
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won their third round match to progress to the quarter-finals, while the Paes-Nestor and Bopanna-Mergea teams were knocked out.sports Updated: Jun 01, 2015 09:42 IST
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza, partnering Swiss Martina Hingis, entered the quarter-finals of the French Open, while Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in their respective men's doubles third round matches on Sunday.
Paes and his partner, Canadian Daniel Nestor, seeded 10th, lost to the sixth seed Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 2-6, 4-6 in straight sets.
Ninth seed Bopanna along with Romanian Florin Mergea went down fighting 3-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6 to fifth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romanian Horia Tecau.
Top-seeded Sania and Hingis ousted the 14th seed Italian pair of Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to enter the quarters.
The Indo-Swiss pair had full control of the match giving away nothing to their Italian opponents. Sania-Hingis won all three break points in the first set to seal it 6-1 in a one-sided affair.
In the second set, the Knapp duo looked to make a comeback but the Indian-Swiss pair were too strong for them. Sania-Hingis held on till the end to win the second set 6-4, thus winning the match.
Paes and his Canadian partner looked sluggish right from the start. Two double faults in the first set hurt the duo as the Italian pair took advantage. Bolelli-Fognini won two of two break points in the set to clinch it 6-2.
The 10th-seeded pair repeated the same mistakes in the second set, giving away easy points to their opponents. Two double faults and a couple of unforced errors made it easy for Bolelli-Fognini to take the second set 6-4 and thus the match, to book a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Bopanna-Mergea also started off on the wrong foot, losing the first set 3-6. But the Indo-Romanian pair came back strongly in the second, which saw a close contest with the Dutch-Romanian pair. Bopanna-Mergea held their nerves till the end, taking full advantage of three double faults and three unforced errors from their opponents, winning the second set 7-6 (7).
However, Rojer-Tecau were the ones who would not give up. In the deciding set, the duo ensured they were in full flow, taking the set 6-3 and booking a place in the last eight of the event.