India’s ace Tennis player Sania Mirza and her women’s doubles partner Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan advanced to the semi-finals of the Italian Open following a straight-sets victory in their women’s doubles clash in Rome last evening.
Sania and Yaroslava, third-seeded duo, registered a convincing 6-4, 6-1 victory over the Italian pair of Martina Trevisan and Sara Errani in a one-sided quarterfinal clash that lasted only one hour and eight minutes.
The Indo-Kazak pair will now lock horns with the Taiwanese-Slovakian team of Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hinging for a place in the final.
For the new team of Mirza and Shvedova, who joined forces only last week, this will be indeed a tough challenge.
Meanwhile, 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 the fourth seeded pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
After going down in the first set, the Indian- Uruguayan duo bounced 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 encounters.
Last month, Bopanna and Cueves swept aside the Spanish duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to clinch Monte Carlo Masters title.
In another tournament at the BNP Paribas Primrose Bordeaux Challenger Indian pair, Purav Raja and Divij Sharan got better of second seeds Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky, 6-2, 6-3. The Indo-American duo was crowned the men’s doubles championship at the Tallahassee Challenger in April.