Sania-Strycova reach Apia semis, Bopanna-Cuevas lose

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Top seeds Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated Madison Brengle and Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-4 to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing Apia International tournament in Sydney on Wednesday.

The match lasted one hour and four minutes.

The duo had previously registered a hard-fought 5-7, 6-1, 10-5 win over Andrea Hlavackova and Shuai Peng to reach the quarter-finals and will next face fourth seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.

This is Sania-Strycova's first event of the season -- and the final one before the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.

Earlier in the month, Sania had partnered with Bethanie Mattek-Sands to win the Brisbane International, defeating the Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in straight games. However, Sania had to cede her world no. 1 ranking -- held for 91 weeks since April 13, 2015 -- to Mattek-Sands.

Among other Indians, Rohan Bopanna -- who had recently won his maiden Chennai Open title with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan -- and Argentine partner Pablo Cuevas suffered a first-round loss of 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 9-11 against Florian Mayer and Philipp Petzschner in a match lasting one hour and 43 minutes. This was their first match as doubles partners.

In Auckland, Leander Paes and partner Andre Sa reached the quarter-finals of the ongoing ASB Classic after defeating top seeds Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in the first round. They will next face Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner.