Sania Mirza and Leander Paes made winning starts in their respective doubles events even as another veteran Mahesh Bhupathi bowed out with a first-round loss at the US Open here.
Sania and her Chinese partner cruised into the second round of the women’s doubles event after they easily saw off the challenge of German Annika Beck and Puerto Rican Monica Puig in straight sets, winning 6-2 6-2 on court 16.
The 10th seeds will play the Hungarian-American combine of Katalin Marosi and Megan Moulton-Levy.
Paes paired up with Radek Stepanek and breezed through to the second round of men’s doubles event with a straight set win over the unseeded pair of Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov. The scoreline read 6-4 7-6 (7-4) at the end of the game.
However, it was curtains for Bhupathi and his doubles partner Philipp Petzschner of Germany as they lost 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to the seeded pair of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Canada.