NEW YORK, Sept 10: In a double delight for Indian fans, veteran tennis star Leander Paes and Sania Mirza stormed into the finals of the US Open mixed Doubles and women�s doubles draw respectively with common partner Martina Hingis.
Fourth seeds Paes and Hingis were in top form as they staved off a tough challenge from the second-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei 6-2, 7-5. Both the teams served four aces each but the Bopanna-Chan combine suffered on the unforced errors count, which was 12 as compared to 9 from Paes and Hingis.
The Indo-Swiss pair will now face the US duo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey.
Earlier Hingis combined superbly with Sania as the duo made it look relatively simple against the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-1.
The top-seeded pair will take on the winner of the second semi-final match between Casey Dellacqua (Australia)-Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) and Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany)-Coco Vandeweghe (USA).
Both the Indian players saw success on Court 17 as a host of nation�s tennis fans turned up to back their stars in action.
Paes not only thanked all the fans, who came in numbers to support the stars. �I thank all the Indians who came here to support me and Martina and also Sania and Martina in the other game,� Paes said.
There was disappointment though in the Junior Girls Singles category as Karman Kaur Thandi�s winning run ended against Dalma Galfi in the third round. The 17-year-old Indian went down against the second-seeded German 6-4, 7-6. � PTI