LONDON – Shuko Aoyama and South African partner Chanelle Scheepers advanced to the semifinals of the women’s doubles at Wimbledon on Wednesday.
Aoyama and Scheepers reached the last four with a 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 win over No. 16 seeds Julia Goerges of Germany and Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Aoyama is the first Japanese player to reach the women’s doubles semis since now-retired Ai Sugiyama partnered Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik to a runnerup finish here in 2007.
“I’m so happy,” said Aoyama. “It was a close match and there were a few nerves but I am happy we were able to come through at the end. It still hasn’t sunk in that we are in the last four.
In the mixed doubles, 14th seeds Kimiko Date-Krumm and David Marrero of Spain were knocked out in the third round by Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and Russia’s Vera Dushevina 6-7, 7-6, 7-5.