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Sania in semis

Melbourne: The possibility of two Indians clashing for the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open ended on Thursday as Sania Mirza advanced to the semi-finals but Leander Paes crashed out, here.

Sania and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau, seeded sixth, prevailed over the unseeded pair of Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi and Julia Georges 6-3, 6-4 in their quarter-final clash which lasted just 63 minutes.

The Indo-Romanian duo will now clash against Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden, who had stunned second seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Rohan Bopanna.

In another mixed doubles quarter finals, Paes and Slovakian partner Daniela Hantuchova lost 3-6, 3-6 to Kristina Mladenovic from France and Canada’s Daniel Nestor.

Sania and Tecau broke their opponents in the ninth game to serve out the set in 35 minutes and book a place in the last four stage.