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Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis through to Cincinnati Masters semis

675   //    22 Aug 2015, 11:04 IST
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis into the semifinals

The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis moved into the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters, after beating Christian Mchale and Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets 6-4 6-1 in the quarterfinal on Friday, WTA tennis reports.

Mchale and Vandeweghe broke the Indo-Swiss pair in the third game of the opening set to go 2-1 up but couldn't capitalise on their lead further as  Mirza and Hingis took control of proceedings, taking 11 out the next 14 games to eventually seal the match in 63 minutes.

Speaking about the match, Mirza said that they had a difficult opening match which opening match where they had to work very hard but felt they were almost at their best when they played the quarterfinal.

"Our first match was really tough. We weren't playing our best tennis. But we dug through it, and sometimes when you win matches when you aren't playing well, you feel more confident in the next one. So today we came out feeling a lot better, for sure. Today we were almost back to our best.

“We could do better, but we're happy to be back in the semifinals again like last week,” she said.

Talking about her opponents, Mirza said that unlike the men’s game, many in the women’s game play doubles along with singles and a pair like McHale and Vandeweghe had little to lose, which made them a dangerous opponent.

they lost to they lost to "Unlike the guys, in women's tennis a lot of the singles players play doubles, and they beat some good teams to get here. 

"They're both talented, they're both young, and they have a great future ahead of them. If they keep playing together I'm sure we'll be seeing them in the later rounds of tournaments in the future.

"It's almost more dangerous to play teams like that because they really have nothing to lose, and we also don't really know how to play them because they're a new team,” she said.


Mirza and Hingis will play Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan in the semifinals. This will be their second successive semifinal after the Rogers Cup last week, where they lost to Caroline Garcia and Katerina Srebotnik in the semis. 

There was some  disappointment, though, for the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, who lost their quarterfinal to Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 1-6 6-1 12-14.

Leander Paes and Stn Wawrinka also lost their quarterfinal  to Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi 6-3 2-6 12-14.