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Bopanna-Mergea upset Bryan brothers to enter Wimbledon semis

July 08, 2015 14:37 IST

Rohan Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna in action. Photograph: Twitter

Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea knocked out the top seeded and legendary American twins Mike and Bob Bryan to storm into the men's doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon.

The ninth seeded Indo-Romanian rallied to shock the three-time champions 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(5) in a thrilling quarter-final match played for two hours and 34 minutes, on Tuesday night.

Bopanna and Mergea hit 31 winners, 17 of which were aces, and saved three of the five break points they faced in the match.

They 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 quarter-final.

Meanwhile, Sania Mirza remained on course to complete her mixed doubles career Grand Slam by reaching the last eight stage 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.

India's singles challenge ended in the junior singles championships with the defeat of 15th seed Pranjala Yadlapalli. She 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.

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