India`s Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black knocked out second-seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina toenter the semi-finals of the women`s doubles at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament here.
India`s Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek entered their second successive men`s doubles final at the US tennis Open, while Sania Mirza and China`s Jie Zheng were beaten in the semis of the women`s doubles.
Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, fought their way into the men`s doubles quarterfinals while Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng hardly broke a sweat to book a berth in the women`s doubles last-eight pair stage on Sunday.
Sania Mirza will pair with Chinese Jie Zheng for the US Open and the Indian ace is hoping that they will able to prepare well for the last Grand Slam of the season despite not having the luxury of time.
Veteran Leander Paes was the lone Indian left in fray at the Wimbledon as he reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals with Elena Vesnina after Rohan Bopanna and Jie Zheng crashed to a straight-set defeat in the last-eight stage of the same event here.