French Open: Sania Mirza, Leander Paes Enter Mixed Doubles Semi-Finals

Updated: 02 June 2016 20:29 IST

Sania Mirza and Leander Paes entered the mixed doubles semi-finals with their respective partners. Both of them will be playing their last four clash later on Thursday

French Open: Sania Mirza, Leander Paes Enter Mixed Doubles Semi-Finals
Leander Paes and Martina Hingis have entered the mixed doubles semi-finals of the French Open. © AP

Paris:

Leander Paes on Thursday inched closer towards completing a 'Career Slam' in mixed doubles with Swiss partner Martina Hingis but may find compatriot Sania Mirza in his way as the two Indian players reached the semifinals of the French Open, in Paris on Thursday.

Unseeded Paes and Hingis scored a dominating 6-4 6-3 win over fifth seeds Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares in the quarterfinals of the clay court Major.

Sania and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig, seeded second, overcame a mid-match lapse to beat the seventh seeded Yung-Jan Chan and Max Mirnyi 6-1 3-6 10-6 in their quarterfinal.

Sania last won a mixed doubles Grand Slam trophy at 2014 US Open with her then partner Soares.

They next face third seeds and local favourites Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who got the better of American eighth seeds Bob Bryan and Coco Vandeweghe 2-6 6-2 13-11 in their quarterfinal match.

Paes and Hingis, winners of Australian Open, Wimbledon and US OPen in 2015, next face sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova from Czech Republic and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.



If Sania and Paes win their respective semifinals, they will fight for the title. While Paes has nine mixed doubles crowns, Sania has won three in her career.

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Topics mentioned in this article Sania Mirza Leander Paes Ivan Dodig Martina Hingis Tennis
Highlights
  • Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig have entered the mixed doubles semis
  • Leander Paes and Martina Hingis have also entered mixed doubles semis
  • Leander Paes has never won the mixed doubles French Open title
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