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China Open: Sania-Nuria in semis; Hesh-Bopanna in QF

October 04, 2012 15:41 IST

Sania Mirza and Nuria Llagostera Vives progressed to the semi-finals of the China Open, coming from behind to beat Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, in Beijing, on Thursday.

The fifth seed Indo-Spanish pair overcame the fighting German-Czech pair 4-6, 6-4, 16-14 in 94 minutes.

Sania-Nuria were wasteful, squandering as many as eight break-points in the first set before conceding the lead.

They dropped serve in the second set too, but broke twice to restore parity and stretch the issue to the match tie-breaker, which was a tight affair.

In the men's competition, running simultaneously, Mahesh Bhupathi-Rohan Bopanna reached the quarter-finals. The scored a 6-3, 6-0 win over the Chinese wild card pair of Mao-Xin Gong and Zhang Ze.