Paes, Bopanna face off in mixed double semis
In what seems to be a mouth-watering clash for Indian tennis fans, Rohan Bopanna has ensured a semi-final clash with veteran Leander Paes after the two won their respective mixed doubles matches on Day 8 of the US Open here.
The fourth-seeded pair of Paes and Hingis moved into the <g data-gr-id="27">final-four</g> after getting a <g data-gr-id="28">walk-over</g> from the Romanian pair of Simona Halep and Horia Tecau in the last-eight encounter.
Bopanna and his Chinese Taipei partner Yung-Jan Chan though had to battle hard against Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) and Henri Kontinen (Finland).
The second-seeded Bopanna-Chan combine got the better of Hsieh and Kontinen 7-6, 5-7, 13-11 in a 1 hour 50 minute battle on Court 17.
<g data-gr-id="26">Meanwhile</g> Bopanna also continued his winning run in the men’s doubles draw as he booked a quarterfinal berth <g data-gr-id="29">alongwith</g> partner Florin Mergea.
Bopanna and <g data-gr-id="22">Mergea</g> <g data-gr-id="23">staved</g> off the third-round challenge from Canada’s Daniel Nestor and
Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted for just over 2 hours.
The sixth-seeded pair dished out 10 aces as compared to the three sent down by the Canadian-French pair, which was seeded ninth.
The Indo-Romanian duo will now face Dominic Inglot of Great Britain and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden in the last-eight encounter.
India also saw success in the junior girls section as Karman Kaur Thandi served past Germany’s Katharina Hobgarski 6-3, 7-6 in the singles opening round. Thandi will now face Evgeniya Levashova of Russia in the third round.