Dubai: India`s Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina on Thursday advanced to the women`s doubles semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a hard-fought victory over Maria-Jose Matrinez Sanchez and Shahar Peer here.

The second seeded Indo-Russian pair defeated the Spanish-Israeli duo 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 in the quarterfinals of the USD 2,000,000 hard court event.

In the semifinals, Sania and Vesnina play the pair of China`s Peng Shuai and Taipei`s Su-Wei Hsieh, who defeated Czech Republic`s Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 in the quarterfinals.