Sania Mirza enters doubles semi-final in Cincinnati


Cincinnati :  Seventh seeded pair of Sania Mirza of India and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic marched into doubles semi-finals by upsetting third seeded Timea Babos of Hungarh and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakshtan 7-6 (4) 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the 2, 804,000 Western and Southern Open here today. The first set was evenly contested and the game progressed with service before the Sania and Barbora clinched in tie-breaker at 7-6 (4).

In the second set Sania/Barbora dominated and allowed their rivals to win only one game (6-1).
The quarter-final lasted two hours and 49 minutes. Sania/Barbora won 85 per cent points on first service (36/42) while Timea/Yaroslava won 63 per cent first service points (30/47). In the morning session Sania/Barbora took one hour and six minutes to get the better of American pair of Christina McHale and Maria Sanchez (USA) in straight games 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles second round match.
Mirza/Strycova won 75 per points on first service (27 out of 36) and 36 per cent on second service (7 out of 19).

Mchale/Sanchez won 54 per cent points (20/37) on first service and 27 per cent on second serrvice (5/18). The American pair saved 58 per cent break points (7 out of 12) and Mirza/Strycova saved 62 per cent break points (5 out of 8). Seventh seeded pair of Mirza and Strycova are now pitted against third seeded Timea Babos of Hungarh and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakshtan in the quarter-final.

Men's singles (q-finals): Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 7-6 (2) 6-2, Milos Raonic (Canada) [4] bt Dominic Thiem (Austria) [8] 6-3, 6-4, Marin Cilic (Croatia) bt Borna Coric (Croatia) 6-2, 6-0 (Retd) Men's doubles (q-finals): Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)/Horia Tecau (ROU) bt Jamie Murray (GBR)/Bruno Soares (BRA) 4-6, 6-2, 11-9, Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospsil (Canada) [6] bt Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut (France) [1] 4-6, 6-4, 10-6, Ivan Dodig (Coratia)Marcelo Melo (Brazil) [4] bt Rajeev Ram (USA)/Raven Klaasen (South Africa) [8] 7-6 (8) 7-5.

Women's singles (q-finals): Karolina Pliskova (Cze) [15] bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) [7] 6-3,4-6, 6-2, Garbine Muguruza (Spain) [4] bt Timea Babos (Hungary) [Q] 6-4, 6-3, Angelique Kerber (Germany) [2] bt Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) [9] 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Women's doubles (q-finals): Karolina Pliskova (Cze)/Julia Goerges (Germany) bt Vania King (USA)/Monica Niculescu (Rouman) 6-4, 6-4, Martina Hingis (Switzerland)/Coco Vandeweghe (Aus) [4] w/o Sara Errani (Italy)/Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain), Hao-ChingChan/Yung-Jan Chan (Taipie) [2] bt Raquel Atawo/Sbigail Spears (USA) 7-5, 2-6 10-8.

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