India’s singles challenge ended in the junior singles championships with the defeat of 15th seed Pranjala Yadlapalli. She lost 2-6, 3-6 to American Michaela Gordon in the girl’s singles second round. As Wimbledon 2015 reached quarterfinal stage on Wednesday the 6 June 2015, Indian Tennis has to be satisfied with only three of our players reaching that stage that too in doubles format only.
On 7th July 2015 Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea knocked out the top seeded and legendary American twins Mike and Bob Bryan to reach doubles semifinals of the Wimbledon 2015 in a tough 4 setter. The Bryan brothers caved in to Rohan Bopanna of India and Romanian Florin Mergea 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) on Day 8 in the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile in the mixed doubles, Old war horse Leander Paes and Martina Hingis reached the quarterfinals after crushing Artem Sitak and Anastasia Rodionova in straight sets on 7th July. The Indo-Swiss pair, who are seventh seed, took just 48 minutes to drub the unlikely Kiwi-Australian team of Sitak and Rodionova 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the prestigious grasscourt grandslam. With this win, Paes and Hingis became the first team to quaalify for last-eight in the mixed doubles section. An impressive thing about the win was that Paes and Hingis, who share quite a few Grand Slam between them, never faced a even a one break point in the entire match while broke their rivals two times in each set. In total they won the point 56 times way ahead of Sitak and Rodionova who won 34 points.
Sania Mirza remained on course to complete her Mixed Doubles Career Slam by reaching the quarterfinals with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares. The second seeds defeated Croatian pair of Marin Draganja and Ana Konjuh 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the third round.
Sania Mirza/Martina Hingis, the top seeds in the competition, are in form of their lives and have looked in amazing form defeating their opponents with ease. In their last match against the 16th seed pair of Anabel Medina and Arantxa Santonja they stormed past with a 6-4, 6-3 win. Sania’s game has visibly improved, or so it seems, after paired-up with Hingis, who is a wily old fox and has been aroudn the circuit longer than anyone in the game. When the Indo-Swiss pair faces Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua in the quarters, later today I expect a tough match for Indo-Swiss pair but expect them to come thorugh this match.
It is a sorry state of affairs that we do not have even one player either in men’s or women’s single players or juniors reaching the quarter final stage.