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Rohan and Qureshi enter final

Sydney: Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi entered the final of the men’s doubles event of the Sydney International with a comfortable victory over Lukas Rosol and Joao Sousa, here, on Friday.

The third seeded Indo-Pak pair dominated the proceedings from the outset and eventually posted an easy 6-1, 6-2 win in just 44 minutes. They won 69 per cent of first serve points.

Bopanna and Qureshi will take on Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the final on Saturday. Bopanna and Qureshi continued to press their opponents, dictating play at the net with short sharp volleys.

In women’s singles, Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova’s capped off her fairytale run with her maiden title when she stunned world No. 9 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4.

Pironkova had already beaten world No. 6 Petra Kvitova and No. 7 Sara Errani en route to the final. “Mum and Dad, we have a trophy,” the 26-year-old former Wimbledon semi-finalist beamed after her triumph.

Juan Martin del Potro earlier underlined his status as a dark horse for next week’s Australian Open by hammering Dmitry Tursunov to set up a men’s final against defending champion Bernard Tomic. Del Potro hit nine aces as he brushed aside Tursunov 6-4, 6-2 in just over an hour to reach his seventh final in the last 12 months. (reuters)