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Leander - Hingis advance to Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final

There was double delight for Martina Hingis in the doubles events as she followed up her win in the Women's Doubles Semi-final earlier in the day by also advancing to the Final of the Mixed Doubles event at Wimbledon. Amazingly both her partners are Indians.

After teaming up with Sania Mirza to crush their American semi-final opponents Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 in under an hour, Hingis returned on court alongside veteran Indian doubles ace Leander Paes to power into the Final of the Mixed Doubles event, beating another pair of Americans Americans Mike Bryan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-4.

Paes and Hingis are chasing their second Grand Slam title of the year, having won the Australian Open in January. Their opponent in the final is yet to be determined.

Mirza - Hingis through to Wimbledon Final

The world no.1 duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised into the Final of the Wimbledon Championships with a crushing 6-1, 6-2 win over the all American duo of Abigail Spears and 32 year old Raquel Kops-Jones, seeded fifth.

Mirza and Hingis, playing on Court No.1, needed less than an hour to ease past their opponents and set up a Wimbledon Final showdown with the second seeded pairing of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. Indian fans will remember Vesnina as a former doubles partner of Sania Mirza with the duo playing together for a brief period.

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Serena Williams to face Garbine Muguruza in Wimbledon Final

serena_williamsThe stage is set perfectly for legendary American Serena Williams to write another page in the history books as she will attempt to win the 21st Grand Slam title of her career and complete the 'Serena Slam' when she steps on Court on Saturday for the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final.

In her semi-final encounter with 2004 champion Maria Sharapova today, Serena put in another dominating performance against the Russian diva, quelling her challenge in two very comfortable sets, 6-2, 6-4. Serena broke serve in the very first game of the match to make a statement on who is in-charge out on Centre Court, and a little over an hour later hammered home three aces as she served out the match without any drama.

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Djokovic, Federer and Murray through to Wimbledon semis; Gasquet stuns Wawrinka

It was quite nearly a perfect set in the semi-finals of Wimbledon with the top 4 players in the world inching closer to their pre-anointed places in the men's draw only for veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet to dig deep and produce a shock win against the reigning French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, beating him in a thrilling contest 11-9 in the fifth set.

It was business as usual for the big three in the meantime with local favourite Andy Murray opening proceedings on Centre Court with a routine 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win against Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Pospisil looked leggy almost as soon as the match got underway, having come through three 5 set matches already in the tournament, and the added pressure of playing on tennis' most famous court against the leading Brit was too much for him to handle today.

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Williams, Sharapova battle through to keep Wimbledon semi-final date

serena_williamsWomen's Quarter-final Day at Wimbledon provided more than it promised with the favourites advancing to their pre-anointed place in the final four, but not before being given a royal work out on Tuesday.

Serena Williams kept up her pursuit of re-enacting Steffi Graf's calendar Grand Slam of 1988 by battling past former world no.1 Victoria Azarenka in a thrilling contest on Centre Court. The world no.1, who has been made to work for her wins in recent matches by young Brit Heather Watson and elder sister Venus, was pushed to three sets by Azarenka, before prevailing 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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Wimbledon: Djokovic survives Anderson scare

World no.1 Novak Djokovic completely a remarkable turnaround on Tuesday afternoon to keep his title defence at Wimbledon alive, overcoming the challenge of big serving South African Kevin Anderson in five highly competitive sets, 6-7 6-7 6-1 6-4 7-5.

After having dropped the opening two sets in tiebreaks yesterday, Djokovic battled back to win the next two before bad light brought an end to proceedings on Monday.

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Serena gives Venus a lesson, three Americans in Wimbledon Quarter-finals

Serena Williams stayed on course to winning the 'Calendar Grand Slam' by booking her place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon with a routine 6-4, 6-3 against big sister Venus, also a five time champion here at SW19.

Venus was competitive for brief spells in the contest, but a break of serve in the fifth game of the opening set was enough for Serena to serve out rather comfortably, and a break in the 7th game of the second put the younger Williams in the drivers' seat. Serena broke serve once more for good measure when Venus served to stay in the match in the 9th game, and in a little over an hour, the battle between perhaps the two best grass court players of their generation was over.

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