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Last Updated Saturday March 25 2017 05:07 PM IST

It's Sania versus Bopanna in quarterfinals

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Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig

Melbourne: Sania Mirza set up a clash with Rohan Bopanna in the Australian Open mixed doubles quarterfinals after she and Croatian partner Ivan Dodig defeated Alexander Peya and Zheng Saisai 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 here on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski mounted a fightback to down Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan 6-4, 5-7, 10-3.

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The quarterfinal pits the two Indians who represented the country in mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics. At the Rio Games, Sania-Bopanna lost the bronze medal play-off.

Sania and Dodig was outplayed in the opening set as Peya-Zheng began the proceedings aggressively.

But the second-seeded Sania-Dodig used their experience to turn the tide and broke their opponents at a crucial time in the second set to win it 7-5.

In the deciding third set tie-break, Sania-Dodig imposed themselves on the match, hit several winners, including backhand and forehand volleys, to come up trumps in an hour and four minutes.

The unseeded duo of Bopanna and Dabrowski clinched the first set without much fuss, but went down in the second before bouncing back in the third set tie-breaker in a match that lasted one hour and 16 minutes.

Siddhant Banthia and Turk Kaya Gore entered the boys' doubles quarterfinals, beating Zizou Bergs and Yshai Oliel 6-3, 7-6(6).

In the girls' singles, Mihika Yadav lost 2-6, 1-6 to Japanese Mai Hontama.

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