VICTORY: Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea play the Bryan brothers
Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea knocked out the top seeds and legendary American twins Mike and Bob Bryan to storm into the men’s doubles semifinals of the Wimbledon championships on Tuesday (7).
The Bryan brothers, who have won three doubles titles at the All England Club, and a record 16 Grand Slam titles overall, lost to Bopanna of India and his Romanian partner Mergea 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) in the quarterfinals.
The ninth seeds next face fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who overcame seventh seeds Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(2) in the other quarterfinal.
Also on Tuesday, Leander Paes and Martina Hingis breezed into the mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Wimbledon Championships after beating Artem Sitak and Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets on Tuesday.
The seventh seeded Indo-Swiss pair, who are multiple Grand Slam winners, needed only 48 minutes to defeat the Kiwi-Australian team 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Sania Mirza remained on course to complete her mixed doubles career Slam by reaching the quarterfinals with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares. The second seeds defeated Croatian pair of Marin Draganja and Ana Konjuh 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the third round.
However, India’s singles challenge ended in the junior singles championships with the defeat of 15th seed Pranjala Yadlapalli, who lost 2-6, 3-6 to American Michaela Gordon in the girls singles second round.
There was something to cheer, though, in the boys doubles as Sumit Nagal and his Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly advanced to the second round with 6-4, 7-5 win over Alex De Minaur of Australia and Yosuke Watanuki of Japan.