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Sania-Chuang clear first round hurdle in doubles

sports Updated: Jun 25, 2009 20:44 IST
Sania Mirza

India's Sania Mirza and Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei defeated American Jill Craybas and Carly Gullickson 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the women's doubles at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on Thursday.

The Indo-Chinese pair, seeded 15th, will next face Russian Alla Kudryavtseva and Romania's Monica Niculescu, who beat Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Arantxa Parra Santonja 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

Sania and Chuang had difficulty in holding their service, and so had their opponents in the first set. Sania and Chuang dropped their serve twice, but broke their opponents thrice.

The American pair saved seven break points before Sania and Chuang broke them in the fourth game.

Craybas and Gullickson came back twice, but each time Sania and Chuang got back the lead and finally closed out the set in the 10th game.

Sania and Chuang were in full control in the second set and wrapped it up with two break of serves.