Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic entered the semifinals in men’s doubles while another Indian Sania Mirza and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau crashed out of the mixed doubles in the Wimbledon Championships in London on Thursday.
Fifth seeded Paes and Stepanek recorded an upset win over third seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia in a quarterfinal match. The Indo-Czech pair won 3-6 7-6 6-3 6-4 in the 152-minute contest.
In the semifinals, Paes and Stepanek take on the unseeded pair of Vasek Pospisil of Canada and Jack Sock of United States. Pospisil and Sock stunned the second seeded pair of Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 6-4 3-6 7-6 6-4 in another quarterfinal match.
Meanwhile, Sania Mirza’s campaign at the Wimbledon championships ended with a third round defeat along with her partner Horia Tecau.
The sixth-seeded Indo-Romanian pair lost 5-7 3-6 to 10th seeds Jamie Murray and Casey Dellacqua in the third round.
Sania, who has tremendous ground strokes, looked off colour today and it was Tecau who kept the team in fight.
Sania and Tecau could convert only one of the seven break chances they had in the match and that cost them the match.