LONDON, Great Britain - The top two seeds, the defending champions and a surprise package are all that remain in the mixed doubles draw at Wimbledon, as eight teams became four on Thursday.
Top seeds Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray kept their title hopes alive with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Brits Jocelyn Rae and Ken Skupski, while No.2 seeds Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares edged Nicole Melichar and Andre Bergmann, 7-5, 6-4.
Last year, Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen completed a fairytale run to the mixed doubles title, but the duo's looked every part the title threat again this year - and their magical sequel continued on Centre Court on Thursday.
The unseeded duo rallied from a set down to defeat Roland Garros champions and No.10 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Rohan Bopanna 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5 for their third win against a seeded team this fortnight - having also knocked out a trio of seeds to win the title a year ago.
After the match, the Brit shared the secret of her chemistry with the Finn to the newspaper The Mirror: “I think it helps to stay relaxed on court and at the changeovers. Defending the title would be awesome but we are just looking forward to the semifinal.”
Rounding out the final four are Spain's María José Martínez Sánchez and partner Marcelo Demoliner, who defeated Ukraine's Lyudmyla Kichenok and Mate Pavic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in the final quarterfinal of Thursday's play.
The duo previously reached the last eight in Paris, and took it one step further at the All-England Club.
A final with a Brit on either side of the net remains in the cards for the last weekend of the fortnight, as Hingis and Murray face Martínez Sánchez and Demoliner, while Watson and Kontinen will look to return to the final as they take on Vesnina and Soares.
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