Paes, Sania cruise in China Open
It was a good day for the Indians at the China Open yesterday as Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza all registered wins with their respective partners.
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.