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Shahar Pe’er and Yoni Erlich have still yet to lose a set at this year’s mixed
doubles tournament at Wimbledon after advancing to the quarterfinals on Thursday
with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Brits Jocelyn Rae and Colin Fleming.
Israeli duo continued their fruitful partnership with another impressive
display, hustling for every ball and finishing clinically at the
Pe’er and Erlich’s performances so far at the All England Club could
be a promising sign ahead of next year’s London Olympics, with mixed doubles
being added to the Olympic program for 2012 and the tournament to be played on
the Wimbledon grass.
Meanwhile, Pe’er and Erlich will next face No. 4
seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina, who beat Eric Butorac and Olga
Govortsova 6-2, 7-6 (7) in the third round.
The Israelis took control at
the start of their third round match, breaking in the third game and then again
in the seventh before clinching the set on two straight Erlich aces.
Brits raced into a 4-1 lead in the second set, but another Rae double fault
gifted Pe’er and Erlich a break in the seventh game. The Israelis broke once
more in the 11th game and sealed victory after saving five break points in the
Pe’er and Erlich are the last remaining Israelis at SW19
after Andy Ram and Meghann Shaughnessy were knocked out in the third round on
Thursday following a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) defeat to Paul Hanley and Su-Wei Hsieh.