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Watson into mixed doubles final at Wimbledon

The Indo-Canadian pair started the match strongly to clinch the first set with 7-6 (7-4) against the unseeded duo of Henri Kontinen of Finland and Heather Watson of Britain.British pair Ken Skupski and Jocelyn Rae are also through to the last eight after they battled back to win 5-7 6-4 9-7 against Ekaterina Makarova and Max Mirnyi.Sania Mirza crashed out of the mixed doubles competition while Rohan Bopanna and his partner entered the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships here.Both Bopanna and Mirza had previously lost out in the men’s and women’s doubles events, respectively.Kontinen and Watson will now face Bruno Soares and Elina Vesnina in the semi-finals with the other semi-final pitting Jamie Murray/Martina Hingis against Marcelo Demoliner/Maria Jose Sanchez. Other Indians in the fray, Divij Sharan, Purav Raja, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan. While Desai lost in the third round of the girls’ singles to top seed Kayla Day of the United States 4-6 4-6; the pair of Mahak Jain and Mihika Yadav lost in the first round of the girls’ doubles.