Sania-Bethanie in quarters, Bopanna-Ram out of Miami event

Miami: Sania Mirza kept the Indian hopes alive by progressing to the women`s doubles quarter-finals even as country`s challenge ended in the men`s doubles with the defeat of Rohan Bopanna and his partner Rajeev Ram in the second round of ATP-WTA Sony Open here.

Sania and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands overcame a fighting pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Sabine Lisicki 6-1 3-6 10-7 in the second round.

They will now fight it out with Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci for a place in the semifinals.

In the men`s doubles second round, unseeded Bopanna and Ram were knocked out by formidable second-seeded pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4 7-6(5).

Somdev Devvarman was floored by world number one Novak Djokovic in the men`s singles while Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had exited from the doubles after suffering second-round defeats with their respective partners.