Top seeds in the men’s doubles, Paes and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor easily beat Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-2 in first round.
In the women’s doubles, eight seeded Sania and Cara Black got past Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.
Nadal, Li through
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal’s bid to return to the top of the world rankings remained on course as he progressed to the quarter-finals of the China Open yesterday. The World No 2 beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6(7/3).
In the women’s tournament, Li Na’s bid to claim her first major tournament on home soil remained on course as she progressed to the quarter-finals beating Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 6-4.