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Wimbledon 2016: India round-up for 7th July

770   //    07 Jul 2016, 20:30 IST

Indian players participating in the 2016 edition of the Wimbledon Championship are looking good in their quest for titles in their respective categories so far. 18 year old Karman Kaur Thandi who is participating in the Wimbledon girls’ doubles event with her partner, 17 year old Canadian Charlotte Robillard-Millette tasted success in the first round as the pair showed phenomenal fighting spirit and determination to overcome a stiff challenge from Great Britain’s Georgina Axon and Lauryn John-Baptise as they won their match 6(6)-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a marathon encounter. She will be fighting for a place in the quarter-final berth in girls’ doubles on Thursday.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis overpowered Christina McHale and Jelena Ostapenko 6-1, 6-0 in a dominating display on the court in their third round match, but playing against 5th seeds Timea Babos of Hungray and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan crashed out in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

Leander Paes and Martina Hingis will be playing against Henri Kontinen and Heather Watson in the third round. Paes and Hingis had comfortably won their second round match against A. Sitak  and L. Siegemund 6-4, 6-4. Paes and Hingis would be looking forward to defend their title by winning their next few matches and keep playing the way they have been in the tournament, and win their second Mixed Doubles title at the SW19 together.

Paes had to bow out of the men’s doubles event as he and his partner M.Matkowski of Poland lost their second round match 6-3, 6-2 against 10th seeds H.Kontinen of Finland and and J. Peers of Australia. Kontinen and Peers had faced the team of 6th Rohan Bopanna and F.Mergea and emerged victorious in the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 8-6 in a thrilling five setter to end India’s hopes for a title in the men’s double’s event.

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