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Wimbledon 2015: Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis eye semis berth

Rohan Raj | Updated on: 8 July 2015, 19:34 IST

The top-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis is truly living up to its number one tag in the women's doubles category at Wimbledon. Following a series of convincing victories, the Indo-Swiss pair secured a place in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

The duo got the better of the 16th-seeded Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja in the third round to secure a 6-4, 6-3 win at the All England Club. Mirza and Hingis were clearly the stronger pair, winning more points on the first serves than their Spanish counterparts who rarely looked threatening in the game.

As the two get ready to lock horns with the Australian-Kazakh pair of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova in the quarter-finals on 8 July, here's what you need to know ahead of the crucial tie:

Their strengths

The top-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, who decided to play together only in 2015, is chasing the elusive dream of winning their first-ever Grand Slam title in the women's doubles category. And given their performance so far at Wimbledon, the duo will not have a better chance to achieve the feat.

Mirza and Hingis have been menacing so far and are yet to drop a single set in the competition. In their last game, the duo recorded four times the number of first serve winners to their opponents. They won five break points in comparison to three secured by their Spanish counterparts. The duo also won 59 of the 104 points played in the game.

Their opponents

The Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will be up against the Australian-Kazakh pair of Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova in the quarter-finals. In their last game, the ninth-seeded pair of Dellacqua and Shvedova overpowered Italian duo Karin Knapp and Roberta Vinci to secure 4-6, 6-2, 8-6 win in the third round. They were also convincing in their straight-set victories in the first and second round of the tournament.

Journey to quarter-finals

1st round: Defeated the Chinese-Kazakh pair of Saisai Zheng and Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-2.

2nd round: Defeated the Japanese-Italian pair of Kimiko Date-Krumm and Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 6-1.

3rd round: Defeated the Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-4, 6-3.

First published: 8 July 2015, 19:34 IST
 
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After a poor stint in gully-cricket quashed his hopes of turning pro, Rohan moved away from the playing field and began criticising those who were still on it. Football eases his mind and watching City paint Manchester blue is his elusive dream. When not talking, thinking or dreaming about sports, Rohan can be found listening to EDM or watching movies. A sports correspondent at Catch News, he has previously worked with Hindustan Times, Daily Bhaskar and India Today.

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