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Chan, Mirnyi overcome home support to make semis

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Max Mirnyi of Belarus overcame the home crowd as well as No. 10 seeds Jamie Murray of Britain and Casey Dellacqua of Australia to advance to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon on Friday.

The No. 14 seeds converted three of four break-point chances to complete a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory on Court 12 at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London in 1 hour, 21 minutes.

Scot Murray admitted the match felt different to the duo’s previous contest, which was played on Centre Court.

“When we started today’s match it was pretty empty, so it was a bit weird,” Murray told the WTA Web site. “It was a close match. We did well to come back because it was a bit flat at the start. I did not play a very good service game at the start of the third set, and then we were unlucky not to break serve because we lost four or five points that we could have won. The girls had some good reflex shots. We weren’t able to get it back.”

Chan and Mirnyi were due to face fifth seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the semi-finals yesterday, with the court still to be decided.

In the other quarter-final on Friday, Pakistan’s Aisam Qureshi finally got his wish to play on No. 1 Court. The 34-year-old from Lahore had always dreamed of playing on the hallowed turf having grown up watching his idols Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker on television.

“For me growing up in Pakistan, we only used to see the Wimbledon semi-finals and finals on television because there was no cable TV,” he told the tournament Web site. “In my city, we have 80 percent grass courts, so I grew up playing on grass and Wimbledon was my dream come true ... a few years back I was supposed to play on No. 1 Court, and then it rained and they changed the court. I was pretty bumped about it.”

The No. 16 seed and his Russian partner Vera Dushevina cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over British duo Neal Skupsi and Naomi Broady and they were due to face 15th seeds Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Samantha Stosur of Australia — again on Court No. 1 — in the semi-finals yesterday.

“Zimonjic and Stosur are both Grand Slam winners. It’s not going to be easy, I need to be sharp, Vera played unbelievable today. I think if she keeps playing like that we’ll have a very good chance tomorrow, but I need to step my game up a little bit,” Qureshi said.

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