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Good day for Indians in China

Good day for Indians in China
Sania Mirza and her partner Nuria Llagostera Vives progressed to the China Open semifinals after coming from behind to pip Julia Goerges and Barbora  Zahlavova Strycova.

The fifth seed Indo-Spanish pair overcame the fighting German-Czech pair 4-6 6-4 16-14 in one hour and 34 minutes in the quarter-finals.

Sania and Nuria were profligate as they squandered as many as eight breakpoints in the first set before conceding lead.

They lost serve in the second set too but broke the rivals twice to draw parity and stretch the issue to the match tie-breaker, which was a tight affair.

At the men’s competition, running simultaneously, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have reached the quarter-finals after scoring a dominating 6-3 6-0 win over Chinese wild  card pair of Mao-Xin Gong and Zhang Ze.


PAES-STEPANEK IN 2ND ROUND OF JAPAN OPEN

Top seeded pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek had to work hard to down unseeded rivals in Filip Polasek and Julian Knowle in the opening round of the  ATP Japan Open.

The Indo-Czech pair defeated the Slovakian-Austrian pair 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 17 minutes. The two sides fought tooth and nail, producing a great game.

The duo will next face  British brothers Andy and Jamie Murray who won their first match in Japan.
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