Paes, Sania enter US Open finals; Bopanna out

New York, Sep 10: Indian tennis aces Leander Paes and Sania Mirza lived up to their billing by entering the finals of their respective categories at the year’s last Major, the US Open, here.
However, it was the end of the road for Rohan Bopanna as he lost both his men’s and mixed doubles matches at the Flushing Meadows on Wednesday.

Women’s doubles top seeds Sania and Swiss Martina Hingis had an easy outing in their semifinal as they eased past Italian 11th seeds Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1 on Court 17.

In a topsy-turvy first set, the top seeds were broken twice. But they came back to break their opponents thrice which got them the lead they wanted.

The second set was a much easier affair for Sania and Martina. Though they were again broken once, they broke Sara and Flavia twice more to seal the set in 28 minutes and the match in an hour and 17 minutes.

Though on winners and unforced errors Sania and Martina were at par with the Italians, they won 72 of the 125 points played.

This is Sania’s first final in the category here though she won the mixed doubles title last year with Brazilian Bruno Soares.

The reigning Wimbledon champions will take on the winners of the match between Australian-Kazakh fourth seeds Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova and German-American pair of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Coco Vandeweghe.