Bopanna in mixed doubles quarters; Sania-Bethanie crash out

Jul 06, 2012, 07:50 IST | Dileep Mehta

India's Rohan Bopanna and China's Jie Zheng defeated sixth-seed Italian pair Daniele Bracciali and Roberta Vinci to book a Wimbledon quarter-final appearance against American second seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond

Bopanna and Zheng wrapped up their 6-0, 6-3 straight sets victory in 45 minutes on Wednesday.

Rohan Bopanna and Jie Zheng

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza crashed out of the women’s doubles event. Mirza and her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost their third round match 6-4, 6-3 to American sisters Serena and Venus Williams.

After Mirza’s serve was broken in the opening game, the Indo-American tenth seeds fought hard and managed to break Venus’ serve in the sixth game for an equaliser.

Sania Mirza (right) and her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands during their Rd 3 doubles match on Wednesday. PIC/AFP

But in the next seventh game Mattek-Sands lost her concentration and also lose her serve, that gifted the first set to the Williams sisters.

In the second set, Mirza and Mattek-Sands dug deep to break Venus again in the fourth game, but they lost the fifth game and could not find a way back after that as the Williams sisters marched on to victory and a place in the quarter-finals. 

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