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Sania-Elena storm into French Open semis

 PARIS, May 30 (PTI): Sania Mirza and and her partner Elena Vesnina shocked top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 7-5 to reach the women’s doubles semifinals in the French Open, here today.

The seventh seed Indo-Russian pair wrapped up the quarter-final clash in one hour and six minutes after blanking the Argentine-Italian duo in the first set. This is for the first time that Sania has reached the women’s doubles semifinals in a Grand Slam event.

The quarterfinal appearances in the 2007 US Open and 2008 Wimbledon were her best performances so far at the big stage. They will take on the winner of the Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond vs Victoria Azarenka/Maria Kirilenko clash in the semifinals.

In another pleasing result for India, Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi advanced to the men’s doubles quarter-finals with a 6-3 7-5 win over Andrey Golubev and Denis Istomin earlier in the day. The fifth seed Indo-Pak pair beat the Kazak-Uzbek combination in one hour and nine minutes in the third round.

Nadal in last eight: Meanwhile, five-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the French Open quarter-finals on Monday with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 win over Croatia’s Ivan Ljubicic and could face Roland Garros bogeyman Robin Soderling next.

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