Indian Wells: Sania Mirza-Cara Black sails through semis while Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek crashes out

Sania Mirza and Cara Balck

It was a mixed bag of results for the Indians at the Indian Wells. At the BNP Paribas Open, India’s Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black stormed past the second seed Russian partners Elena Vesina and Ekaterina Makarova in the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles in easy two sets 6-4, 6-1. On the other hand Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were handed defeat by the Swiss star players Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in a tough three sets 3-6, 7-6, 4-10.

The fifth seeded duo Mirza and Black comprehensively took control of their quarterfinals match right from the beginning. Not allowing their Russian opponents to settle, they took the match 6-4, 61. They next face fourth seed Czech Lucie Hradecka and China’s Jie Zheng in their semifinals faceoff. They come off a hard fought quarter-finals battle with Kveta Peschke and Katerina Srebotnik. They won it in super tie-break 7-5, 5-7, 10-3.

Sania has had a fantastic last year when she won five titles while she continued her sublime form in the 2014 Australian Open where she was a finalist at the mixed doubles.

In the men’s doubles its was not so rosy as the Indo-Czech pair Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek were defeated after a gruelling three setter 3-6, 7-6, 4-10. The fourth seed pair lost to unseeded Swiss pair Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka after an encounter lasted for 79 minutes.

Roger Federer partnered his fellow countryman and reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka for the Indian Wells and next faces Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares. The Austrian and Brazilian pair became the first to make it to semifinals when they defeated Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot  7-6(4), 6-7(3), 10-7 in one hour and 47 minutes.

  • Isaac Walls

    Playing doubles will actually help Federer’s game. It is really fascinating to see him revive his tennis and beat the allegedly better player’s!