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India @US Open: Bopanna, Mirza advance to 2nd round

September 01, 2017 14:28 IST

Sania MirzaIndia's leading doubles players Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza began their US Open campaigns with victories in their respective events, albeit, in contrasting fashion, in New York, on Friday.

Bopanna and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas shrugged off a surprise first set lapse to regroup and beat American pair of Bradley Klahn and Scott Lipksy 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the men's doubles.

They will take on the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini in the second round.

In the women's doubles, Mirza and her Chinese partner Shuai Peng overcame the challenge of Croatian team of Petra Martic and Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in their first round match.

It took the Indo-Chinese pair just 55 minutes to cross the first hurdle.

Mirza and Peng broke their rivals four times but also dropped their serve once in the match.

They next face Slovakia's Jana Cepelova and Magdalena Rybarikova.

File Image: Sania Mirza in action.

Photograph: Action Images/Lee Yaocheng/Livepic/Reuters

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