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Indians at Wimbledon: Sania Mirza storms into fourth round

Rohan Raj | Updated on: 8 July 2015, 19:10 IST

The initial phase of this year's Wimbledon witnessed majority of the top-seeded players easing past their opponents into the second round without much of the hardships. But, the second round of play sprung a few surprises with some of the tournament favourites crashing out.

Rafael Nadal became the biggest casualty in the men's singles event after his shock exit at the hands of World No. 102 Dustin Brown. If men's singles event got rocked by Nadal's exit, the women's singles category suffered it's biggest shock after defending champion Petra Kvitova was stunned by Serbian star Jelena Jankovic.

While the world bemoans the shock exit of top players at the tournament, here's a look at how the Indian players have fared so far at Wimbledon this year:

Sania Mirza

The 28-year-old tennis sensation recently became the first Indian woman to be seeded No. 1 in a Grand Slam and she's been living up to her reputation so far in the ongoing edition of Wimbledon. Mirza, competing in women's doubles event, with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis cruised into the fourth round on 6 July after beating the Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Arantxa Parra Santonja.

Apart from her triumphs in the women's doubles so far, Sania Mirza is also turning up the heat in the mixed doubles event. The second-seeded pair of Mirza and Brazil's Bruno Soares defeated Janette Husarova and Andre Begemann in straight sets to move into the last-16.

Leander Paes

The 42-year-old Indian player has also been on song at Wimbledon this year. The tennis veteran has booked his berth in the pre-quarters of mixed doubles. While partnering Martina Hingis, he came out on top against the French pair of Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Alize Cornet in the second round of mixed doubles clash. However, his men's doubles campaign with partner Daniel Nestor came to an end after losing the third round clash against the pair of Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya on 6 July.

Rohan Bopanna

The 35-year-old tennis star and his Spanish partner Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez crashed out of the mixed doubles event after a second round defeat at the hands of sixth-seeded pair of Horia Tecau and Katarina Srebotnik. However, Bopanna's dream of winning Wimbledon is still alive in the men's doubles event. The Indian player and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea entered the third round after beating Thomaz Bellucci and Guillermo Duran in straight sets. He defeated the pair of Lukasz Kubot and Max Mirnyi in the third round on 6 July to enter the fourth round.

Mahesh Bhupathi

India suffered its first casualty at Wimbledon after the country's veteran player Mahesh Bhupathi crashed out in the first round of the men's doubles event on 3 July. Bhupathi and his partner Janko Tipsarevic were humbled 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 in a game that lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. The Indian-Serbian pair failed to go past Austrian Jurgen Melzer and Swedish Robert Lindstedt.

First published: 6 July 2015, 20:24 IST
Rohan Raj @ro4an_raj

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.