Sania Mirza progressed at the Hobart International, as Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan faltered at the Auckland Open.
The doubles pair triumphed in the super tie-breaker to get past formidable American duo, Christina McHale and Vania King, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4 in the quarter-final. Sania Mirza and Nadiia Kichenok will next face Slovenian Tamara Zidansek and Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova in the final four on Friday.
This was the second-straight game where the Indo-Ukranian pair had to come up trumps in the super tie-breaker after they had ground out a similar win in the Round of 16 against Japan’s Miyu Kato and Georgia’s Oksana Kalashnikova.
The pair of Rohan Bopanna and Finnish partner Henri Kontinen were beaten in straight sets by Great Britain’s Luke Bambridge and Japan’s Ben McLachlan, 3-6, 4-6. The Indo-Finn pair, ranked third for the ATP 250 event, were outplayed by their unseeded opponents as they eased into the semi-finals.
Bambridge and McLachlan will next face the Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, who incidentally nipped a potential Indian face-off in the bud as they defeated Divij Sharan and his partner and local favourite, Artem Sitak, 7-5, 6-7, 9-11.
Divij-Sitak won the first set as they broke their opponents’ serve once. They conceded a close second set, which meant that the match had to be decided by a super tie-breaker, which was again a close affair.
The Indo-Kiwi duo matched their rivals point-for-point but could not prevent a 9-11 defeat.