The Indian-Swiss top-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached the semifinals of the women’s doubles at Wimbledon on Wednesday when they beat Australia’s Casey Dellacqua and Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.
Mirza and Hingis, who have had an unbelievable run this year as a fresh pair, had earlier taken just one hour and seven minutes to beat Spanish 16th seeds Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the third round.
In the quarterfinals, the top seeds dominated right through again and had four times more number of winners than their opponents.
The Indian challenge at Wimbledon is still active despite Mahesh Bhupathi exiting early with his partner Janko Tipsarevic in the men’s doubles. Leander Paes also made a first week exit in the men’s doubles along with Canadian Daniel Nestor. However, Paes is looking good with Hingis in the mixed doubles, along with Sania and her Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, who are seeded second.
In men’s doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Romania’s Florin Mergea are in the semifinals after they knocked out the top-seeded Bryan brothers in a massive upset. Bopanna and Mergea will now face the Dutch-Romanian pairing of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the semis.