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Scheepers into Wimbledon doubles semi-finals

Chani Scheepers and her team-mate have powered their way into the doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon, writes Mark Etheridge.

Scheepers, knocked out in the first round of the singles competition by 11th seed Roberta Vinci of Italy, is teamed up with Japan’s Shuko Aoyama.

Unseeded in the women’s doubles, they accounted for 16th seeds Julia Goerges of Germany and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) in a three-set battle.

The teams slugged it out for just short of two hours out on Court 12 before Scheepers and Aoyama prevailed 6-7 5-7 6-4.

It was the closest of matches with very little separating the two combinations in all facets of play.

Scheepers and Aoyama will now come up against the Far Eastern pairing of Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh and Shuai Peng of China, the eighth seeds who ousted the Serbian/Croatian pairing of Jelena Jankovic and Mirjan Lucic-Baroni in straight sets 6-4 7-5.

The highest seeded doubles combo left in the year’s third Grand Slam event is seventh seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeldt of Germany and Czech Republic’s Kveta Peschke.


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