Chinese Zheng and partner Hlavackova fall at semis of Wimbledon women's doubles

LONDON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Former Wimbledon champion Zheng Jie of China and Czech Andrea Hlavackova conceded early breaks in both sets to hand in the victory to Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci at 6-3, 6-2 in women's semifinals at the Wimbledon on Friday.

A bright start against Hlavackova and Zheng was rewarded when Vinci smashed to open up a 2-0 lead, and despite being broken back a few games later the Italian pair went on to take the set courtesy of a delightful drop volley from Vinci.

When Zheng double faulted to hand over a break at the start of the second, Errani and Vinci looked in danger of running away with it. However, the No.9 seeds continued to battle hard, but they were unable to turn the tide, Hlavackova steering a forehand return wide on match point.

In the other semifinal, Timea Babos of Hungary and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic were equally impressive in ending the run of Magdalena Rybarikova from Slovakia and German Andrea Petkovic 6-1, 6-3.