Australian Open: Sania-Vesnina lose, Paes-Stepanek reach semis (Lead)January 25th, 2012 - 5:37 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Jan 25 (IANS) Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek advanced to the men’s doubles semi-finals at the Australian Open here Wednesday while Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina missed a great opportunity to make the women’s doubles final.
Sania and Vesnina lost both the first and third sets after being in a commanding position against Russia’s Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova — though they won the second easily. In the ultimate analysis, their 51 unforced errors proved their undoing as they went down 6-7(4-7), 6-2, 4-6.
The Indo-Russian pair had more than one opportunity to go 5-2 up in the decider, but unforced errors cost them the match. Earlier, they squandered a chance to wrap up the first set also.
Paes and Stepanek carried on their good form as they strolled to another straight-set victory, this time against the American-Brazilian pair of Eric Butorac and Bruno Soares 6-4, 7-6(7-4).
The Indo-Czech pair will play second seeds Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Canadian Daniel Nestor in the semi-finals.
India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the pre-quarterfinals Sunday.
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