Indian ace Leander Paes and his French partner Nathalie Dechy quelled a late challenge from Simon Aspelin and Meghann Shaughnessy to move into the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The Paes-Dechy duo took 91 minutes to down the US-Swede combination 6-3, 7-6(7/4) and make the last eight stage, where they are pitted against the Czech-German pair of Frantisek Cermak and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who beat seventh seeds Andy Ram of Israel and Liezel Huber of South Africa 6-2, 6-3.
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The Aspelin-Shaughnessy duo, however, were in no mood to retire and they fought neck-and-neck, exchanging couple of breaks in the process as the set went to the wire.
In the tie-breaker, Paes and Dechy displayed impressive composure and eventually bagged the set in just over an hour.
Mahesh Bhupathi and comeback star Martina Hingis also reached the quarter-finals. They beat Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Lisa Raymond of the United States, the second seeds, 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (10-7).
They will play Australia's Todd Perry and Rennae Stubbs, the eighth seeds.
Earlier, they had beaten Yeu-Tzuoo Wang of the Chinese Taipei and Na Li of China 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.
The third Indian in the fray, Sania Mirza and her Australian partner Stephen Huss went down 3-6, 3-6 to Bob Bryan and Vera Zvonereva in their first round match.