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Bhupathi out, Paes moves ahead

London: Indians had mixed luck at the Wimbledon Championships Thursday. While the top seeds tumbled out, the fifth seeds remain on course.

Indiaís Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova of the US, the fifth seeded mixed doubles pair beat Australian duo of Peter Luczak and Christina Wheler 6-4, 6-2 to move into the fourth round at the All England Club Thursday.

The Paes-Navratilova duo sent down seven aces against the Aussie pairís two, with a 75 per cent success rate in first serve.

In the quarter finals, the Indo-US pair takes on the US second seeds Mike Bryan and Lisa Raymond. With Raymond, incidentally, Leander had earlier won a Wimbledon mixed doubles title.

In the third round, the Bryan-Raymond duo beat Pavel Vizner of the Czech Republic and Nicole Pratt of Australia (15th seeds) 7-5, 7-5.

Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Paola Suarez of Argentina, the top seeds in the mixed doubles were upset by Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Iroda Tulyaqanova of Uzbekistan 3-6, 3-6.

Menís doubles

Indiaís Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi of Belarus entered the menís doubles semi-finals, beating Martin Damm and Cyril Suk of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

Serving for match when rain suspended their quarter-final Wednesday, the top seeds easily won the ninth game of the third set to complete their victory and set up a clash with fifth seeds Leander Paes and David Rikl. (agencies)

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