There were mixed fortunes for Indian players on Monday at Wimbledon 2015 as Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won their respective doubles matches to enter the quarter-finals but Leander Paes crashed out. While Sania and Martina Hingis scored a straight-set victory, Bopanna and Florin Mergea dropped a set to reach the last-eight.
Easy outing for Sania-Martina on Day 7 of Wimbledon 2015
Sania Mirza and Swiss Martina Hingis had a quick outing on Day 7 of The Championships. The top seeds beat the 16th-seeded Spanish team of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-4, 6-3 in just 1 hour and seven minutes. The Indo-Swiss pair broke their opponents five times to make their way into the quarter-finals.
They will face Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova in the last-eight stage.
Bopanna-Mergea pull out a close one
Ninth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea had a tougher job as they needed four sets to edge past the Polish-Belarusian combine of Lukasz Kubot and Max Mirnyi in a three-hour-and-19-minute battle. The Stuttgart champions won 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-5 (5), 7-6 (8).
Next up for them is the formidable World No. 1 duo of Bryan Brothers.
End of the road for Paes-Nestor
11th seeds Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor were locked in a marathon battle with the eighth-seeded pair of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares. The Indo-Canadian pair came back from a two-set deficit to force a decider. Unfortunately, the eight seeds were too strong in the deciding set as they won 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours 42 minutes. Leander Paes still has the mixed doubles event to look forward to and his pairing with Martina Hingis will pose a strong challenge.
There was also disappointment in boys’ singles as India’s Sumit Nagal went down in his opening match. Nagal lost 7-5, 2-6, 4-6 to Juan Pablo Ficovich of Argentina.