Leander Paes off to winning start, Sania Mirza loses in women’s doubles

Melbourne: India had a blended excursion at the Australian Open as Leander Paes got off to a triumphant begin in blended duplicates yet fourth seeds Sania Mirza and her accomplice’s battle in ladies’ copies finished with a misfortune to an unseeded match here on Sunday.

Veteran Paes and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis won their first match against Australians Destanee Aiava and Marc Polmans 6-4 6-3 to advance to the round of 16 at the Melbourne Park.

The Indo-Siwss twosome took 51 minutes to pull off a straight sets win with the assistance of two experts.

They had 20 victors and conferred nine unforced mistakes to their adversaries’ 15 champs and 12 unforced blunders.

Notwithstanding, Sania was in for disillusionment as the Indian, collaborating Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic, lost to Japanese E Hozumi and M Kato 3 6 2-6 in a third round match that kept going one hour and 53 minutes.

In blended copies however, Sania and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig are in the second round, thus did Rohan Bopanna, winning their matches on Saturday.

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