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US Open: Paes, Bopanna start off with easy wins

Last updated on: September 03, 2015 14:49 IST

IMAGE: Martina Hingis and Leander Paes celebrate after winning their first round match at the US Open. Photograph: Martina Hingis/Twitter

Indian tennis players enjoyed a successful start in the US Open, as veteran Leander Paes entered the mixed doubles second round and Rohan Bopanna won his opening men's doubles match, in New York, on Wednesday night.

Paes, partnering Martina Hingis, eased past the local pair of Taylor Harry Fritz and Claire Liu, winning the first round encounter 6-2, 6-2 on Court 4.

The fourth-seeded Indo-Swiss duo needed just 46 minutes to complete a convincing victory.

Paes-Hingis will next take on the winners of the match between the Canadian-Australian combine of Eugenie Bouchard-Nick Kyrgios and the Ukrainian-Kiwi team of Elina Svitolina-Artem Sitak.

On Court 14, Bopanna combined with Florin Mergea to dispatch the US duo of Austin Krajicek-Nicholas Monroe 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

The sixth-seeded Indo-Romanian pair took 67 minutes to ease into the second round.

Bopanna-Mergea will be up against the Polish-Mexican pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg-Santiago Gonzalez next.

Fyrstenberg-Gonzalez defeated the Polish combination of Tomasz Bednarek-Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-4 in their opening match.

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