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Indians at US Open: Sania wins; Paes, Bopanna crash out of doubles

September 03, 2016 11:11 IST

Sania Mirza

IMAGE: Sania Mirza of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia during their first round mixed doubles match. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.

India's top doubles players Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were dumped from the US Open men's doubles competition even as Sania Mirza progressed in the mixed doubles event with her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig.

Paes and his German partner Andre Begemann lost a close first round encounter against French-Israeli pair of Stephane Robert and Dudi Sela in just under two hours by 6-2, 5-7, 4-6.

Bopanna, who is partnering Frederik Nielsen of Denmark were blown away by American Brian Baker and Kiwi Marcus Daniell 2-6, 6-7 (5-7).

However there was some cheer for the Indian fans as Sania and Dodig, who have won the US Open mixed doubles title in 2014 made a fluent start to their campaign with a 6-4, 6-4 straight set win over US pair of Donald Young and Taylor Townsend in just 62 minutes.

Bopanna also played his mixed doubles first round match later in the evening alongside Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski beating US pair of Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb 7-5, 6-4 in only 67 minutes.

In the junior girls' event, India's Pranjala Yadlapalli beat American Victoria Emma 6-3, 6-2.

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