Paes, Bopanna advance in mixed doubles
It was a good day at office for India's mixed doubles pairs as both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna advanced to the second round of the event with their respective partners at the Australian Open here on Sunday.
It was a comfortable opening round outings for Paes and Bopanna in mixed doubles.
Paes and Martina Hingis of Switzerland posted a 6-3 7-5 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Dominic Inglot in an hour and nine minutes, third seeded Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei also hardly broke a sweat before prevailing over the Australian pair of John Millman and Kimberly Birrell, 7-5 6-1 in 48 minutes.
Paes and Hingis will next take on American Sloane Stephens and Jean-Julien Rojer. Bopanna and Chan face Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot in round two.
Bopanna's men’s doubles campaign however was cut short as he and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, seeded fourth, were handed a shock defeat 4-6 3-6 by 14th seeded duo of Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in the third round.