Leander Paes-Purav Raja, Sania Mirza advance to 2nd round in US Open
The Indian duo of Leander Paes and Purav Raja defeated the Serbian pair of Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki, while Sania Mirza-Peng Shuai beat the Croatian team of Petra Martic and Donna Vekic in the opening round of US Open 2017.tennis Updated: Sep 01, 2017 23:53 IST
Leander Paes and Purav Raja of India have reached the second round of the US Open, after beating the Serbian pair of Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki in their opening round match in men’s doubles on Friday.
Paes-Raja won 6-1, 6-3.
Earlier, India’s leading doubles players Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza began their US Open campaigns with victories in their respective events, albeit, in contrasting fashion.
Bopanna and Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas shrugged off a surprise first set lapse to regroup and beat American pair of Bradley Klahn and Scott Lipksy 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the men’s doubles event.
In the second round, they face the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
In the women’s doubles, Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai overcame the challenge of Croatian team of Petra Martic and Donna Vekic in the opening round.
It took the Indo-Chinese pair just 55 minutes to cross the first hurdle.
Mirza and Peng broke their rivals four times but also dropped their serve once in the match.
They next face Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova and Magdalena Rybarikova.