Leander Paes, Sania Mirza enter semis of China Open doubles

Updated: 03 October 2013 19:04 IST

Paes, partnering Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor, beat Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6 6-3 in the last-8 tie.

Indian tennis aces Leander Paes and Sania Mirza entered the semis of China Open after winning their respective doubles quarterfinal ties on Thursday.

Paes, partnering Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor, beat Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6 6-3 in the last-8 tie.

The top-seed Indo-Canadian duo beat the unseeded Spaniards in a match that got over in an hour and 23 minutes.

Paes and Nestor will next face Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi in the last-4 clash. The Italian duo overpowered third seeds Aisam ul Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Roger of Netherlands 6-2 7-5 in the quarters.

Earlier, Sania Mirza and partner Cara Black entered the semis of China Open after winning the last-eight encounter on Thursday.

The eighth-seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair beat Chinese Taipei's Yung Jan-Chang and Zie Zheng from China 6-4, 6-1 in the quarters.

Sania-Black beat the unseeded duo in a match that went on for an hour and eight minutes.

Sania and Black, who won the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week, will next face top seeds Sara Errani-Roberta Vinci who beat Kristina Mladenovic-Flavia Pennetta 6-3 6-4 in the last-8 clash.

Topics : Tennis Cara Black Sania Mirza Daniel Nestor Leander Paes
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