Romanian Florin Mergea and Indian Rohan Bopanna advanced on Friday to the men’s doubles final of the Apia Sydney International tournament, by defeating 7-6 (8), 6-4 Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil)/Leonardo Mayer (Argentina).
It is the first tournament of 2016 for Mergea and Bopanna, seeded fourth in Sydney. Their opponents in the final are Jamie Murray (UK)/Bruno Soares (Brazil), who won their semifinal against Polish Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski by 7-5, 2-6, 10-3.
Also on Friday, Romanian Simona Halep (WTA No. 2) lost the women’s semifinal of the Apia Sydney International tournament to Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (WTA No. 25) by 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3.
The match had been interrupted by rain on Thursday, with Halep leading 5-4 in the first set. She eventually lost after three hours and 45 minutes of actual play. The two players’ record against each other is now tied at 3-3. More…