Mirza-Shuai eye US Open semi-final berth

Mirza-Shuai eye US Open semi-final berth”

Indian hope at US Open 2017 declined as the Indo-Chinese pair Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng lost 4-6, 4-6 to the Swiss-Taiwanese pair of Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan at Grandstand, in Flushing Meadows, on Friday.

On Thursday, Mirza had reached her first Grand Slam semifinal of the 2017 season with Shuai Peng after edging past Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova in a close two-set battle at the US Open, here.

The fourth seeded Sino-Indian pair needed an hour and 56 minutes to carve out a 7-6, 6-4 victory over their fifth seeded opponents in the quarter-finals.

While Hingis will be aiming for her third US Open glory in women's doubles circuit, for Chan it will be her maiden Grand Slam title. At the Australian Open she had teamed up with Barbora Strycova and at the French Open it was Yaroslava Shvedova.

In the semifinal against Hingis and Yung-Jan, both Sania and Peng showed great confidence as they broke Hingis' serve in the second game to race away to a 3-0 lead in the first set.

In contrast, Hingis/Chan won seven break point opportunities in total and converted four of them to advance to the summit clash.

Sania and Peng continued to struggle with their serve and they were broken again as Hingis-Chan won the first set 4-6.

Sania and Peng were 3-1 up in the second lead but once again failed to hold on to their advantage, which came back to haunt them later in the match.

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