Aoyama, Scheepers reach semis


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.