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India round off a good day in Melbourne

sports Updated: Jan 18, 2014 22:57 IST

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Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won both their respective doubles and mixed doubles matches to enter the third round. However, Mahesh Bhupathi’s men’s doubles campaign came to an end after a tight defeat. Partnering Zimbabwean Cara Black in women’s doubles, Sania cruised to a 7-5, 6-1 win against Monica Niculescu (Rom) and Klara Zakopalova (Czech Rep).

Later, playing with Romanian partner Horia Tecau, she won her mixed doubles first round against Hao-Ching Chan of Chinese Taipei and Robert Lindstedt from Sweden 4-6 7-6(3), 10-8.

Leander Paes and Czech partner Radek Stepanek, recorded a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Italian Daniele Bracciali and Alexandr Dolgopolov from Ukraine to move to the pre-quarters of men’s doubles. Now Paes and Stepanek will clash with Yuki Bhambri and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus, who had shocked 10th seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Rohan Bopanna also emerged victorious in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. With Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the Indian beat the British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in men’s doubles second round.

In mixed doubles first round, he and Slovakian partner Katarina Srebotnik, seeded second, overwhelmed Raquel Kops-Jones and Treat Huey 6-2, 6-3. However, Mahesh Bhupathi and his American partner Rajeev Ram were ousted after a tight 4-6, 6-7(7) defeat against Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.