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Bopanna-Mergea enter semis in Halle; Sania-Casey out

Halle (Germany): Indo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea earned a straight sets victory in the men’s doubles to enter the semi-finals of the Halle Open on the grass courts of the Gerry Weber Stadion here yesterday.

Fresh from their title victory at Stuttgart last week, the second seeds needed only an hour and 23 minutes to move past Croatian-Finnish combination of Marin Draganja and Henri Continen 7-6(4), 7-6(3) in the quarter-finals. They will now take on American pair of Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky for a place in the final.

Meanwhile in Birmingham, Sania Mirza and Casey Dellacqua lost their women’s doubles opening round match of $731,000 Aegon Classic in straight sets to China-Chinese Taipei pair of Jie Zheng and Yung-Jan Chan yesterday. The top seeds were beaten by 4-6, 2-6.

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