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Sania and Paes advance in Australian Open

india Updated: Jan 19, 2007 21:03 IST
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India had a fruitful day at the Australian Open with both Sania Mirza and Leander Paes sailing through to the third round of the men's and women's doubles respectively.

Sania teamed up with Spaniard Anabel Median Garriques to score a facile 6-3 6-4 victory over Russian Ekaterina Bychkova and Martina Muller of Germany.

It took the 10th seeded pair 83 minutes to seal passage to the third round where they will meet the sixth seeded team of Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova and Japan's Ai Sugiyama, who defeated Michaella Krajicek of Netherlands and Agnes Szavay of Hungry 6-3 6-2.

Later in the evening, Paes and his partner, Martin Damm of the Czech Republic, ran away easy 6-4 6-2 victors over the Australian combination of Nathan Healy and Robert Smeets.

The Aussies were no match for the seasoned number five seeds, who won the US Open title last year, and were knocked out in 68 minutes.

Paes and Damm were on form with their first serve, winning 33 out of 38 points when they got it in. They also converted three of the five break point opportunities, while their opponents wasted two.

The Indo-Czech pair next face the French combination of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in the third round.

The Frenchmen defeated the 11th seeded Simon Aspelin of Sweden and South Africa's Chris Haggard 6-3 7-5.

Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner, Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, will take on Lucas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner, also from the same country.

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