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Indians enjoy a productive day

Sixth-seeded Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi kicked off their mixed doubles campaign in the Australian Open with a comfortable victory over South African Natalie Grandin and Jean-Julien Rojer of Curacao on Friday.

sports Updated: Jan 20, 2012 22:49 IST
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Sixth-seeded Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi kicked off their mixed doubles campaign in the Australian Open with a comfortable victory over South African Natalie Grandin and Jean-Julien Rojer of Curacao here on Friday.

The Indian duo, winners here in 2009, took just 62 minutes in knocking out their first round opponents 6-4, 6-2. Sania and Bhupathi made just one unforced error and got an impressive 71 % of their first serves in.

Another Indian, Rohan Bopanna teamed up with American Lisa Raymond to thrash Kazakh-Austrian pair of Galina Voskoboeva and Alexander Peya 6-1, 6-0.

Raymond had partnered Indian veteran Leander Paes earlier in her career, and the duo had won the 1999 Wimbledon and finished runner-up in the 2001 US Open.

In the men's doubles, Paes teamed up with Czech Radek Stepanek to cap off a perfect day for the Indians as the pair completed their consecutive straight set victory beating Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6(7-5).

The Indo-Czech duo will now face third seeded French-Serbian pair of Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in the third round.