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Sania in doubles semis

July 05, 2003 12:27 IST

Sania Mirza and Alisa Kleybanova of Russia stormed into the semi-finals of the girls' doubles at Wimbledon on Friday.

They defeated Emma Laine of Finland and Nadja Pavic of Crotia 6-1, 6-2 in the quarters.

The Indo-Russian pair had upset top seeds Slovakian Jarmila Gajdosova and Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in the first round.

The match started with Sania-Kleybanova going up 2-0 with a service break in the second game. Kleybanova was broken in the third game but they came back immediately break back in the 4th game.

From this point, Sania-Kleybanova reeled off the nine games in a row and the scoreline read 6-1, 5-0.

The match took 63 minutes.

The Indo-Russian duo will face American's Ally Baker and Iris Ichim in the semi-final. The American's shocked third seeds Katerina Bondarenko and Alyona Tsutaskova of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) in the quarter-finals.

In the other semi-final, Katerina Bohmova of Czech Republic and Michaela Krajicek of the Netherlands will face Megan Falcon of US and Adriana Gonzalez Penas of Spain.