While Sania Mirza's winning streak with regular WTA partner Martina Hingis is intact at 36, Mirza saw another streak end on Thursday. In Fed Cup play, Mirza lost for the first time since 2011 in doubles play as Japan defeated India in Group I play.
Mirza's Seven Match Fed Cup Winning Streak Snapped
Sania Mirza teamed with Prarthana Thombare in Thailand as India battled Japan this week in Fed Cup play. With the tie on the line after the two countries split their singles rubbers, Mirza-Thombare tackled Shuko Aoyama and Eri Hozumi in the decisive rubber. Aoyama-Hozumi defeated Mirza-Thombare 7-5, 6-3. The loss likely knocks them out of contention for a playoff spot. It also ends a seven match Fed Cup win streak in doubles for Mirza. She had not lost since 2011 when she paired with Rushmi Chakravarthi against Uzbekistan. India finishes their group play on Friday against Uzbekistan.
Open Sud de France Results
Thursday's action in Montpellier saw the Zverev brothers continue their run through the doubles draw. Alexander and Mischa edged Borna Coric and Antonio Sancic 6-4, 6-3. The German brothers were superb on serve as they won 76 percent of the points. They were broken just once on four chances. The Zverevs broke their Croatian counterparts four times in the match. The Zverevs now wait to find out their semifinal opponent. It will be either top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski or Mahesh Bhupathi and Jonathan Marray. That quarterfinal match takes place Friday.
Second seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus are also through to the semifinals. Pavic-Venus beat Matuesz Kowalczyk and Andreas Siljestrom 7-6 (3), 6-3. The second seeds will face Marc Lopez and Andreas Arnaboldi in the other semifinal. Lopez-Arnaboldi received a walkover into the semis after 4th seeds Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming withdrew. That semifinal is scheduled first on Centre Court for Friday.
Lone Seed in Sofia Marches On
After a rash of upsets this week, third seeds Matwe Middlekoop and Wesley Koolhof are the highest seeds remaining at the Garanti Koza Sofia Open. The third seeds booked a spot in the semifinals with a hard fought 6-1, 6-7 (7), 10-4 win over Sergiy Stakhovksy and Lukas Dlouhy. The Dutchmen saved all eight of their break points and took advantage of eight double faults by their opponents. Middlekoop-Koolhof were a perfect seven for seven serving in the super tiebreak.
Another pair of Dutch players join the third seeds in the semifinals. Robin Haase and Thiemo de Bakker outlasted Viktor Troicki and Ilija Bozoljac 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. Haase and de Bakker were deadly when they landed their first serves. The pair won 34 of 43 first serve points in the match. The final match of the day saw Philipp Oswald and Adil Shamasdin advance with a 6-3, 6-7 (8), 10-8 win over Tuna Altuna and Konstantin Kravchuk.
Quito Semifinals Set
Both semifinals at the Ecuador Open Quito are in place after quarterfinal play completed on Thursday. Brazilian duo Thomaz Bellucci and Marcelo Demoliner squeaked out a super tiebreak win over 4th seeds Gero Kretzschmer and Alexander Satschko 4-4, 6-1, 10-4. The Brazilians won 18 of 27 service points over the final set and the tiebreak. They will face Andrej Martin and Hans-Podlipnik Castillo in one semifinal.
The other will feature Americans Nicholas Monroe and Austin Krajicek. The third seeds moved past Roberto Maytin and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday. Monroe-Krajicek battle Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Duran in the other semifinal.