Beijing, October 7: Indian shuttler Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Shuai Peng on Friday swiftly entered into the semi-finals of women’s doubles events at the China Open tennis championships in the ongoing China Open in Beijing.
Notably, the third-seeded Sania and Peng duo registered a thrilling victory over fifth-seeded Czech pair of Barbara Strycova and Katerina Siniakova 4-6 6-2 10-7 in the quarterfinals. Although, Sania and Peng went down in the first set but made a strong comeback in the second and third sets which led them to go through semifinals.
Sania and Peng will now face Swiss Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan of Chinese Taipei in the last-four round on Saturday. Earlier, in the tournament, Sania-Peng duo defeated the Belgian-Dutch pair of Elise Mertens and Demi Schuurs 7-5, 6-2 to enter the quarterfinals. The third-seeded pair had received a bye in the opening round.
On the other hand, an Indian-Uruguay pair of Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas lost to Australian-Finish pair of J. Peers and H. Kontinen 7-5,7-6 in the men's doubles quarter-final on Thursday and outclassed from the tournament.
Interestingly, earlier, in the month of September this year, Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Shuai Peng showing up a gritty performance defeated Hungarian-Czech pair of Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova to enter in the semifinals of US Open but unfortunately lost in the finals.