Bhupathi-Sania book semi final berth in mixed doubles

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Melbourne, Jan 22 (UNI) Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza kept Indian challenge alive as hard work and luck smiled on them enabling the pair to storm into the semi-finals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open here today.

The unfancied Indian duo stunned second seeded pair of Simon Aspelin and Lisa Raymond, 6-3 2-6 10-7 and then luck smiled on them with seventh seeded Czechs Martin Damm and Kveta Peschke giving them a walk over in the quarter finals.

In the boys' singles, eighth seed Yuki Bhambri also remained in contention as he staged a superb comeback after losing first set to overpower Slovakia's Zalan Klempa 3-6 6-4 6-2 and will now face Japan's Tadayuki Loughi in the pre-quarterfinals.

However, another Indian Karunuday Singh lost to Chinese Taipei's Tsung-Hua-Yang 6-7 (4-7) 4-6.

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