Aus Open: Sania Mirza, Leander Paes make it all-win day for India
Sania Mirza and Leander Paes made it a pleasant Wednesday for Indian tennis fans, winning their respective opening round doubles matches in the Australian Open
Melbourne: India enjoyed an all-win day at the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam after Leander Paes and Sania Mirza sailed into the second round of their respective men's and women's doubles events here today.
Sania and her Chinese Taipei partner Su-Wei Hsieh, who are seeded second, defeated the Argentine-Swiss combine of Maria Irigoyen and Romina Oprandi 6-2 6-0 in just 48 minutes to advance.
Sania, who recently reached her career best doubles ranking of No.5 for the second time, started the match in a dominating fashion at the Melbourne Park.
Leander Paes. Pic/ PTI
The second seeded pair asserted their dominance early in the match and ultimately hit 23 winners compared to a mere eight by their opponents.
Under pressure, their opponents committed 21 unforced errors, 13 more than the Sania-Hsieh pair who claimed the match in 48 minutes.
The Indo-Taipei team will now be up against the Canadian-Polish pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska.
India's Leander Paes and South Africa's Raven Klaasen entered the second round of the Australian Open doubles tennis tournament beating American pair of Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 7-6 (6) here Wednesday.
The Indo-South African duo, seeded 10th, took 91 minutes to win the match, breaking the opponents serve once in the first set.
They hit 35 winners on their way to victory.
They will now face the winners of the match between Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey and the Italian duo of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.