Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna progressed to the mixed doubles semifinals at the Australian Open on Tuesday after the Latvian-Spanish duo of Jelena Ostapenko and David Vega Hernandez, the Indian pair’s opponents in the last-eight fixture, gave a walkover.
Earlier in the day, Ostapenko had lost her singles quarterfinal 2-6, 4-6 to reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.
Sania and Rohan had begun their campaign with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over local wildcards Jaimee Fourlis and John Peers before beating Uruguay’s Ariel Behar and Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya, 6-4, 7-6 (9) in the pre-quarterfinals on Monday.
Sania’s run in women’s doubles along with Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina ended in the second round.
The 36-year-old Sania, who is set to retire from the sport after next month’s Dubai Masters, won the mixed doubles crown in Melbourne with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009. She further went on to win five more Grand Slams, two of which came in mixed doubles.
With Rohan, she has previously played mixed doubles once at French Open (2011) and twice at Wimbledon (2011, 2021) with the pair’s best result together being a quarterfinal-finish at the All England Club in 2011. They did, however, finish fourth at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- Table Tennis LIVE Score, Asian Games 2023: Manav, Manush qualify for doubles R-32; Sathiyan, Manika Mixed Doubles R-32 next
- Nepal becomes first team to score 300 in men’s T20I; Dipendra Singh breaks Yuvraj Singh’s record for fastest 50
- IND vs AUS live score 3rd ODI: Mitchell Marsh scores fifty; Spinners help India control scoring rate
- Asian Games 2023 LIVE, September 27 Updates: Anant wins silver in men’s skeet; Esha bags silver in 25m pistol; Sumit bows out in tennis QF; India 5th with 22 medals
- Shooting HIGHLIGHTS Asian Games 2023: Sift Kaur wins gold with WR, India wins 25m women’s pistol team gold - Hangzhou 2022 updates