Wimbledon 2015: Bopanna-Mergea Stun Bryan Brothers

Ninth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea pulled off a huge upset on Day 8 of Wimbledon 2015 by stunning the top-ranked team of Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(9), 7-6(5) to progress into the semi-finals. It was a successful day for Indian players at the 2015 Championships with Sania Mirza and Leander Paes too winning their respective mixed doubles matches to enter the quarter-finals.


Big day for Rohan Bopanna at Wimbledon 2015

Big win for Bopanna-Mergea at Wimbledon 2015

The Indo-Romanian team of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea unleashed a barrage of 31 winners past the three-time Wimbledon champions. Even though their break point conversion rate was a dismal 17% the ninth seeds played their best tennis in the two tie-breaks.

In the fourth set tie-break, Bopanna and Mergea had three match points, two of which were saved by the top-ranked team. But Mergea saved his best for the last. On the third match point, he thundered down a gutsy second serve ace that knocked the Bryans out of Wimbledon 2015.

Thus, the superb grass court season continues for the Indo-Romanian pair. They had begun their campaign on the turf with the Stuttgart title and had reached the final at Halle.

They next face the fourth-seeded pair of Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Sania and Leander shine on Day 8 too

Meanwhile, mixed doubles seconds seeds Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares edged past the unseeded Croatian pair of Marin Draganja and Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-3 on Tuesday. The US Open champions needed 1 hour 38 minutes to secure their quarter-final berth.

They will face the fifth seeds Alexander Peya and Timea Babos for a place in the semis.

Seventh seeds Leander Paes and Martina Hingis had a far easier outing en route to the quarters. The reigning Australian Open winners thrashed the Kiwi-Australian duo of Artem Sitak and Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-2 in 55 minutes. They next face the winner of the match between Vesnina/Matkowski and Kubot/Hlavackova.

Yadlapalli out, Nagal wins in doubles

In girls’ singles, Pranjala Yadlapalli bowed out in the second round after losing to American Michaela Gordon 2-6, 3-6.

In the boys’ doubles, the eighth-seeded pair of Sumit Nagal and Nam Hoang Ly beat Alex de Minaur and Yosuke Watanuki 6-4, 7-5 to enter the second round.

Ladies Quarter-finals

Day 8 of Wimbledon 2015 was the Ladies Quarter-finals Day. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwanska booked their places in the final four.

Serena beats Azarenka


Serena Williams (left) and Victoria Azarenka at the net after the match

The top-seeded Serena Williams and former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka met for the third time this year, giving tennis fans another match of incredible quality. The Belarusian put the 20-time Slam winner on the ropes in the beginning as she came out firing on all cylinders. After taking the first set 6-3, Azarenka also had a break point at 2-2 in the second set.

Big champions like Serena need a spark and threatened by the risk of going behind, the champion unleashed her top game. The American went on to win the next seven games and inched ahead 3-0 in the decider.

Even though Azarenka showed glimpses of her brilliance towards the end, the five-time Wimbledon winner Serena was an insurmountable barrier for her. Serena thus continues to seek her fourth Slam title in a row with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarter-final victory.

She next meets 2004 winner Maria Sharapova, against whom she has a formidable 17-2 winning record.

Sharapova overcomes Vandeweghe in three sets

The fourth-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2011 after coming through a tough battle against American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2. The five-time Grand Slam winner was broken while serving for the match in the second set and the inspired American forced a third set. However Sharapova was too focused in the decider and easily clinched victory.

Muguruza reaches first Slam semi-final; next up Radwanska


Garbine Muguruza celebrates reaching her first Slam semi-final

In a match of power versus variety, 20th seed Garbine Muguruza’s attacking prowess stood out as she claimed a 7-5, 6-3 victory over 15th seed Timea Bacsinszky. Muguruza is now the first Spanish ladies semi-finalist at Wimbledon since Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in 1997.

Up next for the youngster is the 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska. The Pole had too much guile and finesse for the powerful groundstrokes of the rising American Madison Keys. The former World No. 2 absorbed the pace of her opponent efficiently to carve out a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 victory.

This triumph would bode well for Radwanska who has struggled for consistency the last few months.

Muguruza and Radwanska are tied at two wins apiece in their head-to-head meetings.

Djokovic makes a stirring comeback


Novak Djokovic exults after his victory on Day 8 of Wimbledon 2015

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a tense fifth set to grab a 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 victory over 14th seed Kevin Anderson to reach the last-eight stage. This is his 25th quarter-final appearance in a Slam.

The fourth round match was suspended on Monday due to bad light when Djokovic levelled the contest after coming back from 2 sets down.

On Tuesday after the match resumed, Anderson had an opportunity to move ahead in the deciding set as he held two break points with Djokovic serving at 1-2. But he failed to convert and minutes later, the Serbian made some stunning returns in the eleventh game for the decisive break.

Djokovic will face the 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the men’s quarter-finals to be played on Wednesday.

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