Filipino Treat Huey and Belarusian Max Mirnyi remained on track of winning a Grand Slam crown as they reached the semifinals of the prestigious Wimbledon Championship men’s doubles at the All England Lawn Tennis Croquet Club in London.
The No. 12 pair of Huey and Mirnyi completed a straight-set 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Jonathan Marray of England and Adil Shamasdin of Canada in the quarterfinals.
Huey and Mirnyi banked on strong serves, nailing an 85 percent accuracy on first serve (73/86) and 81 percent on first serve won (59/73). They scored a combined eight aces in the match that lasted for one hour and 46 minutes.
It was a different story for Marray and Shamasdin, who committed eight double faults and eight unforced errors.
In the semifinals, Huey and Mirnyi will be going all-out as they battle the top-seeded French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (8) winner over 10th picks Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia.
It will be Huey and Mirnyi’s first semifinal appearance in a Grand Slam event.
In January, they barged into the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and made it to the third round of the French Open in May.
For reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, Huey and Mirnyi are now assured of a whopping 88,000 Euros.
The doubles winners will get 350,000 Euros while the runners-up stand to receive 175,000 Euros.
EMIL C. NOGUERA