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US Open: Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna advance with respective partners


New York: Indian tennis stars enjoyed a successful start in the US Open as veteran Leander Paes entered the mixed doubles second round while Rohan Bopanna also won his opening tie in the men's doubles competition here.

Paes, alongwith Martina Hingis, eased past the local pair of Taylor Harry Fritz and C Lui 6-2, 6-2 in the first round encounter on Court 4.

Paes and Hingis
Paes and Hingis. Pic/ AFP

The fourth-seeded Indo-Swiss duo took just about 46 minutes to win the match. Paes and Hingis will next take on the winners of the match between the Canadian-Australian combine of Eugenie Bouchard and Nick Kyrgios and the Ukrainian-Kiwi team of Elina Svitolina and Artem Sitak.

On Court 14, Bopanna combined with Florin Mergea to dispatch the US duo of Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe 6-3, 6-4 in the first-round encounter.

The sixth-seeded Indo-Romanian duo won the match in 1 hour and 7 minutes to ease into the second round.

Bopanna and Mergea will be up against the Polish-Mexican pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Santiago Gonzalez in their next match.

Fyrstenberg and Gonzalez defeated the Polish combination of Tomasz Bednarek and Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (5) 7-6 (3) 6-4 in their opening match.

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