Mattek-Sands/Safarova Reach SFs

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Top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova reached the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 victory over the Russian-French pairing of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kristina Mladenovic on Wednesday.

The American-Czech duo, who lifted their fourth Grand Slam crown at the Australian Open two months ago, will play sixth seeds Yung-Jan Chan and Martina Hingis for a spot in the final.

In the second semifinal, No. 2 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina will face Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova. Makarova and Vesnina won the Indian Wells crown in 2013.


In the ATP draw, eighth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo are through to the semifinals after breezing past tricky wild card duo, Nick Kyrgios and Nedad Zimonjic on Wednesday. The Polish-Brazilian pair posted a 6-1, 6-3 result, breaking four times in the 56-minute outing.

Kubot/Melo will take on fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno after the highest-seeded duo remaining edged past Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-6(5), 6-4.

Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram ended the run of Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki on Wednesday night. The South African-American duo took down the unseeded Serbians 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 in 72 minutes to secure a showdown with another unseeded pair, Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey.

Djokovic and Troicki had sprung the upset on top seeds and defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the second round but were unable to build on their momentum in the quarterfinals after taking the opening set against the No. 5 seeds. Muller and Querrey – runners-up already this season in Brisbane – surprised third seeds and Australian Open champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers in their quarterfinal, 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-6.