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Sania enters Wimbledon fil

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 July 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Wimbledon, July 10: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza entered her maiden fil at the prestigious Wimbledon with Swiss partner Marti Hingis by earning a straight sets victory in the women's doubles semifils at the All England Club here on Friday.

The top seeds needed only 56 minutes to overcome American fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 in their semifil match on No.1 Court to enter the summit clash.

This is Sania's first fil here across all formats in seniors though she had won the girls' doubles title here 12 years ago with Russian Alisa Kleybanova. Marti, on the other hand, has two doubles (1996, 1998) and one singles title (1997) to her credit that she won at the lone grass court Major.

Though the World No.1 Indian has three mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, she is yet to win the top prize in women's doubles. The only time she reached a Major fil in the category was at the 2011 French Open.

The top seeds totally domited both the sets.

In the first one, they broke their opponents twice out of four opportunities which was more than enough to seal the set in their favour. Though they gave three breakpoint chances to Raquel and Abigail, they maged to save all three. Also, they domited by taking 30 of the 46 points played in the set.

The fifth seeds were already rattled by now which led to double fault thrice at crucial moments in the second set. Sania and Marti got two chances to break Raquel and Abigail and utilised both perfectly to clinch the set and match. They were so clinical that they did not even give a breakpoint opportunity to their opponents.

The world's two highest ranked players will next take on the winners of the match between Russian second seeds Ekateri Makarova and Ele Vesni and Hungarian-French fourth seeds Timea Babos and Kristi Mladenovic.

Earlier in the day, another Indian Sumit gal, partnering Vietm's m Hoang Ly, earned a straight sets victory to enter the boys's doubles semifils.

The eighth seeds needed only 53 minutes to defeat Japanese combition of Yusuke Takahashi and Jumpei Yamasaki 6-2, 6-3 on Court 6. gal and Ly will next take on Serbian-Norwegian pair of Miomir Kecmanovic and Casper Ruud for a place in the fil. IANS

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