Rome [Italy], May 20 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan booked their place in the semi-finals of the Italian Open following a straight-sets victory in their women’s doubles clash here last evening.
The third seeded duo registered a convincing 6-4, 6-1 win over the Italian pair of Martina Trevisan and Sara Errani in a one-sided quarter-final clash that lasted only one hour and eight minutes .
Mirza and Shvedova will now lock horns with the Taiwanese- Slovakian team of Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis for a place in the summit showdown.
For the new team of Mirza and Shvedova, who joined forces only last week, this will indeed be a tough challenge.
In the men’s doubles clash, Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas suffered a major blow as they knocked out of the tournament after going down against fourth seeded pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
After going down in the first set, the Indian- Uruguayan duo bounced back in the second before slumping to a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 10-12 defeat to Herbert and Mahut in their last-eight encounter.
Last month, Bopanna and Cueves swept aside the Spanish duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to clinch Monte Carlo Masters title.(ANI)
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