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Paes-Bhupathi romp into doubles final
December 12, 2006 17:29 IST
It was an excellent day at the tennis courts for India as Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza stayed on course for a gold medal finish at the 15th Asian Games in Doha on Tuesday.
After Sania Mirza entered the women's singles final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over top seed Na Li of China, Paes and Bhupathi took a little over an hour to make the grade in the men's doubles final.
The top seeded Indian pair beat Cecil Mamiit and Frederick Taino of the Philippines 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals.
With the Philippine pair looking overawed by their opponents, the Indians breezed through the first set with breaks in the first, fifth and seventh games. However, the former world No. 1 duo faced unexpected resistance in the second, where Bhupathi failed to serve out the match in the eighth game, leading 5-2.
But after the Filipinos held serve in the ninth game, Paes ensured there were no further hiccups by clinching the match on his serve to secure a second successive Asian Games final.
The defending champions will face second seeds Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand, who thrashed Korea's Woong Sun Jun and Sun Young Kim 6-1, 6-3, in the other semi-final.
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