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Sania-Martina sail into quarters.

Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis stormed into the US Open quarterfinals with a straight-set triumph in their third-round match here.

The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair eased past 13th seeded Dutch-Czech combination of Michaella Krajicek and Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-0 in a contest which lasted 59 minutes.

Sania and Martina put up a thoroughly dominating performance by holding their serve all through.

In the opening set, the top seeds broke their rivals once and sent down 14 winners as compared to the 8 by Krajicek and Strycova to grab the advantage in 33 minutes.

Krajicek and Strycova were even more erratic in the second set and conceded six break points, three of which were converted by Sania and Martina.

With 9 unforced errors, Krajicek and Strycova literally served the match on a platter for Sania and Martina, who wrapped up the second set in just 26 minutes to march ahead.

Next up for the Indo-Swiss combination are ninth seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei, who rallied to beat unseeded Romanians Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru 5-7 6-1 7-6 (4). 

Serena, Venus all set for QF showdown

Serena and Venus Williams advanced to a dramatic US Open quarter-final showdown with straight-set triumphs while Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from her fourth-round match due to a concussion. World number one Serena Williams served well in moving within three match victories of a rare calendar Grand Slam with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over US 19th seed Madison Keys last night. 

Serena made only six unforced errors to 19 for Keys and hit 58 percent of her first serves. She took 79 percent of those points and 70 percent on her second serves, nearly twice Keys’ second-try effectiveness. “I’m so proud. I’m so glad it’s so much better,” Serena said of her serve. “My only chance was to start out fast. I just stayed in there and was able to relax.” Venus, seeded 23rd, downed 152nd-ranked Estonian teen qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, matching her deepest Grand Slam run since reaching the 2010 US Open semi-finals. 
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