Leander Paes and Horia Tecau overcame a stiff resistance from the Dutch pair of Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer to progress to the quarter-finals of the ATP Thailand Open, in Bankok on Wednesday.
The top seeded Indo-Romanian pair recorded a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 win over their unseeded rivals in one hour and 23 minutes in the opening round of the $551,000 tournament.
They next face Serbian Janko Tipsarevic and Alexander Waske of Germany. Saving a breakpoint and converting one on the rivals' serve put the top-seeded pair ahead
Maria in quarters
Tokyo: Two-time champion Maria Sharapova finally found some rhythm to dispose of stubborn Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) and reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.
Kuala Lumpur: Former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko overpowered Sanam Singh 7-5, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Malaysian Open.