Martina Hingis (left) with Leander Paes at Wimbledon. Photograph courtesy Jed Leicester/AELTC
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis eased into the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, but it was curtains for Rohan Bopanna and his Spanish partner Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.
Seventh seeds Paes and Hingis subdued the French pair of Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 in the second round match, last Saturday (4).
They are now up against Artem Sitak of New Zealand and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia.
Bopanna and his Spanish partner suffered a tame 2-6, 4-6 defeat against sixth seeded pair of Horia Tecau from Romania and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik in their second round match.
The second-seeded pair of Sania Mizra and Bruno Soares made short work of Janette Husarova and Andre Begemann 6-2, 6-4 in the second round encounter. The Indo-Brazil combine got past the Slovak-German pair in 61 minutes to move into the last 16.
Mahesh Bhupathi was eliminated earlier from the event when he lost his first round clash with Russian partner Alla Kudryavtseva.
On Monday, three Indian players will try to make the quarterfinals.
Top seeds Mirza and Hingis will take on 16th seeds Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in the women’s doubles third round.
In the men’s doubles, 11th-seeded Paes and Daniel Nestor are up against Austria’s Alexander Peya and Soares in the third round.
Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, seeded ninth, face Poland’s Lukasz Kubot and Belarussian Max Mirnyi.
In the boys singles, Sumit Nagal will open his campaign against Juan Pablo Ficovich from Argentina, while Pranjala Yadlapalli made a confident start to her junior Wimbledon campaign with a straight set win over Colombia’s Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez in her girls singles opening round last Saturday.