Sania Mirza and Mate Povic reach semifinals in mixed doubles at Wimbledon

Sania Mirza and Croatia teammate Mate Pavic reached the mixed doubles semifinals at Wimbledon on Sunday.

The sixth seed defeated the Australian-Canadian fourth-seeded duo Gabriela Dabrowski and John Peers 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarter-final which lasted 1 hour 41 minutes.

This is Sania’s best mixed doubles performance at the All England Club. She previously reached the quarterfinals in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The victory also brought the Indian tennis player one step closer to Career Slam in mixed doubles. Sania, along with Mahesh Bhupathi, won mixed doubles titles at the 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open before advancing at the 2014 US Open with Brazil’s Bruno Soares.

In the final four matches, the Indo-Croatian pair will face seventh-seeded Robert Farah of Columbia and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia or second-seeded Neal Skupski of England and Desirae Krawcyzk of America.

Sania, who has announced her retirement at the end of this season, and her Czech teammate Lucie Hradecka had previously lost in the opening round of the women’s doubles.

In a video uploaded on the Championships’ official Twitter, Sania said she will miss Wimbledon but it’s time to move on.

“There are things in life that take precedence over playing tennis matches and I’m at that stage now,” she said.

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