Bopanna-Mergea knock out Bryan brothers from Wimbledon, reach men’s doubles semis


The Indian-Romanian ninth-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea have knocked out top-seeded Americans Bob and Mike Bryan out of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon. Bopanna and Mergea beat the established Bryan brothers 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The win is a great achievement for India’s Bopanna as the Bryan brothers, who were beaten finalists last year at Wimbledon, have won three titles at the All-England Club and 16 Grand Slam titles overall.

In the semifinals, Bopanna and Mergea will face the Dutch-Romanian pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who are seeded fourth.

Earlier, India’s Leander Paes and his partner Daniel Nestor had bowed out of the tournament in the first week itself along with Mahesh Bhupathi, who lost in the first round.

However, the top-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are still in contention in the women’s doubles while Paes has moved through to the quarters in mixed doubles along with Hingis. Sania has also reached the quarters of mixed doubles along with her Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, with whom she won the US Open title last year.