Aisam’s Wimbledon hopes dashed

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Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi partners India's Rohan Bopanna (not pictured) against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia in a Men's Doubles match at the 2011 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in south-west London, on June 23, 2011. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL/RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

No.15 seed Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Groenefeld defeated Aisam-ul-Haq and his partner Yaroslava Shvedova in the semi-final of Wimbledon 2016 on Friday. The Colombian-German pair ran victors by a margin of 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 over the No.14 seeds.

Groenefeld has the chance to repossess the mixed doubles title she first won seven years ago alongside Mark Knowles, while Farah will be bidding for his first taste of Grand Slam glory.

With Farah serving to stay in the match at 5-4 down in the third, Shvedova upped her aggression to help the pair close to within two points of the match. However, Farah came up with three big first serves to get out of trouble before levelling for 5-5.

They broke the Shvedova serve in the following game as Farah smashed a backhand past Qureshi for 6-5. They arrived at two match points when a Groenefeld serve down the T drew an easy putaway for Farah, and claimed it when Shvedova angled a forehand wide.

The winning duo will face the pair of O. Marach/J. Ostapenko or H. Kontinen/H. Watson in the final.

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