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India at French Open: Paes, Bopanna advance; Sania knocked out

Last updated on: May 31, 2017 21:20 IST

Rohan Bopanna of India and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in action 

IMAGE: Rohan Bopanna of India and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay in action. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes crossed the first-round hurdle in the men's doubles with their respective partners while Sania Mirza crashed out of the women's doubles after a first-round loss at the French Open, in Paris on Wednesday.

Bopanna along with his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas hardly had to break a sweat as they outplayed the French duo of Mathias Bourgue and Paul-Henri Mathieu in a one-sided contest.

The ninth seeded Indo-Uruguayan pair posted a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 victory over French combination in just 53 minutes.

They will next take on Treat Huey and Denis Istomin.

Later in the day, Paes and his American partner defeated Radu Albot of Moldova and Hyeon Chung of South Korea 7-6 (7- 5), 4-6, 6-2 in a match lasting one hour 55 minutes.

However, fourth seeded pair of Sania and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan were stunned by unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Australia's Daria Gavrilova in a hard-fought match.

Sania and Shvedova went down 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 2-6 to Pavlyuchenkova and Gavrilova in a gruelling battle that lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes.

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