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Australian Open: Good day for Paes, Bopanna & Sania

It was a good day at the first Grand Slam event of 2014 for India’s top tennis players like Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna here except for Mahesh Bhupathi

Melbourne: It was a good Saturday for India’s top players here except for Mahesh Bhupathi.

Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza all won their matches in the doubles competition. But there was some disappointment in the junior section as Sumit Nagal, Snehadevi Reddy and Simran Kaur Sethi all failed to get past the first round.

Bhupathi and his American partner Rajeev Ram lost their second round match to Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil 4-6, 6-7 (7) in 97 minutes.

Meanwhile, Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek entered the third round of the men’s doubles by defeating Italian Daniele Bracciali and Ukranian Alexander Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-4. 

Paes and Stepanek next play India’s Yuki Bhambri and his NZ partner Michael Venus. The Indo-Pak Express of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi recorded a three-set victory to advance to the third round. 

They beat Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Sania also won her women’s and mixed doubles matches. In the women’s doubles, Sania and Zimbabwean Cara Black beat Monica Niculescu from Romania and Czech Klara Zakopalova. 

The Indo-Zimbabwean pair won 7-5, 6-1 to move into Round Three. Sania also moved into the second round of the mixed doubles with her Romanian partner Horia Tecau.

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