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Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis through to the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open

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687   //    26 Jan 2016, 10:27 IST
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis in action

The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis progressed through to their maiden Australian Open semifinals after beating the duo of Anna-Lena Grounefeld and Coco Vandeweghe in three sets 6-2 4-6 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Mirza and Hingis got 61% of their first service in as compared to 71% of their opponents and converted 2 out of the 5 break ppoint opportunities that came their way in the opening set. They also won a total of 27 points as compared to 12 to Grounfeld and Vandeweghe to eventually seal the set 6-2.

The second set saw Grounfeld and Vandeweghe make a fine comeback as they were proved to be better in both the first as well as the second serves and won a total 33 points as compared to 26 to take the set 6-4 and take the match into a deciding set.

In the decider, however, the regining Wimbledon and US Open champion, brought their A-game to the forte, winning 67& of their first service points as compared to just 17% of their opponents and 64% of their second service points as compared to 43% and eventually sealed the set 6-1 to move into the final four of the competition.

This is now the pairing’s 34th consecutive doubles victory.

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