Praises pour in for Paes, Mirza, Nagal

Wimbledon, July 13 (IANS) Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, current Test skipper Virat Kohli and tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati expressed their delight as three compatriots won their respective titles at Wimbledon.

Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Sumit Nagal lifted the coveted silverware in their respective categories at the All England Club over the weekend.

Paes, partnering Swiss veteran Martina Hingis, beat Austrian Alexander Peya and Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 to win the mixed doubles title here on Sunday.

India’s Sumit Nagal, 17, etched his name in the history books the same day by winning the boys’ doubles title with Vietnamese partner Nam Hoang Ly when they beat American-Japanese fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7-6(4), 6-4.

Mirza, on the other hand, won her maiden women’s doubles title by clinching the Wimbledon crown with Hingis when they overcame Russian second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 on Saturday night.

Indian double’s star Bhupathi tweeted: “@Leander @MirzaSania #SumitNagal big effort making it an Indian summer at @Wimbledon.”

Tendulkar, who is a regular visitor at the world’s oldest tennis tournament, tweeted: “Congratulations Sumit Nagal on the Wimbledon Junior Doubles title. This is just the beginning…. Work hard and follow your dreams. Congratulations @Leander & @mhingis! Kudos to Leander on another Grand Slam title! You have been a terrific role model for youngsters.”

Kohli tweeted: “Girl Power. Congratulations @MirzaSania and @mhingis. What a comeback from 1 set down #Champions #Wimbledon2015.”

Even Rohan Bopanna, who lost in the men’s doubles semi-finals last week, wrote: “Saniaaaaaa wohoooooooooo, what a tremendous achievement. Congrats to Martina and you, Just brilliant. @MirzaSania @mhingis .#Wimbledon2015.”

Cricketers Mohammad Kaif and Harbhajan Singh also congratulated the victors.

“One person who repeatedly proves “age is just a number, Well done @Leander!” Kaif wrote while Harbhajan posted: “Congratulation to my friend @Leander for winning the mix title at Wimbledon 2015. Proud of you. Jai hind.”

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