Paes-Bhupathi advance to semis, Bopanna-Qureshi out

August 20th, 2011 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Rohan Bopanna Cincinnati (Ohio), Aug 20 (IANS) India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi advanced to the men’s doubles semifinals while compatriot Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi bowed out of the Western & Southern tennis championships here.

Bhupathi and Paes, seeded third, received a walkover into the semi-finals after Czech pair of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek withdrew here Saturday. Berdych, who defeated two-time champion Roger Federer 6-2, 7-6(3), cited a right shoulder injury.

The Indians now face defending champions, brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the US. The Bryans advanced to the semi-finals with a 7-6(5), 7-6(3) victory over seventh seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

The fifth-seeded pair of Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi were outplayed by fourth seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 2-6 in just 58 minutes.

Llodra and Zimonjic dropped just eight points on serve to improve to a 31-11 match record on the season.

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