French Open: Leander, Sania enter semis with partners


Leander Paes took another step towards completing a ‘Career Slam’ in mixed doubles with Swiss partner Martina Hingis but may find compatriot Sania Mirza in his way as the two Indian players reached the semifinals of the French Open on Thursday.

Unseeded Paes and Hingis scored a 6-4, 6-3 win over fifth seeds Elena Vesnina of Russia and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the quarterfinals of the clay court Major.

Sania and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig, seeded second, overcame a mid-match lapse to beat the seventh seeded Yung-Jan Chan and Max Mirnyi 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 in their quarterfinal.

They next face third seeds and local favourites Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who got the better of American eighth seeds Bob Bryan and Coco Vandeweghe 2-6, 6-2, 13-11 in their quarterfinal match.

Paes and Hingis, winners of Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2015, next face sixth seeds Andrea Hlavackova from Czech Republic and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

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