Paes-Hingis thrash their opponents to reach mixed doubles semi-finals

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Leander Paes of India and Martina Hingis of Switzerland defeated their opponents to enter the semis in the mixed doubles quarter-finals at Wimbledon on 9 July.

The duo needed hardly 44 minutes to thrash third seeds Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-2, 6-1 on Court 1.

Apart from wining four break points, Paes and Hingis bagged 49 of the 76 points played in the match, showing the contest’s one-sidedness .

In the semis, the duo will play American top seeds Mike Bryan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands for a place in the final match.

Fifth seeds Alexander Peya of Austria and Timea Babos of Hungary defeated second seeds Sania Mirza of India and Bruno Soares of Brazil 3-6, 7-6(6), 9-7. The duo lost the match despite having two match points at one stage.

Meanwhile in a case of so near yet so far, India’s Rohan Bopanna bid to enter his maiden Wimbledon doubles final came to an end as he along with his Romanian partner Florin Mergea lost a five-setter against fourth seeded Dutch-Romanian pair of Jean Julien-Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Julien-Rojer and Tecau won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 13-11 in a tie that went on for three hours and 23 minutes.

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