India's top tennis doubles players Leander Paes and Sania Mirza advanced to the second round of the US Open with straight-set wins in the men's doubles and women's doubles events, respectively, on Thursday.
Paes and his Spanish partner Fernansdo Verdasco got the better of the all-German team of Florian Mayer and Frank Moder 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round of the men's doubles competition. It took Paes and Verdasco just 62 minutes to advance as they saved two break points and converted all the three break points they earned.
The pair next face American giant-killers Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, who knocked out top-seeded compatriots Mike and Bob Bryan 7-(4), 5-7, 6-3 in their first-round match.
In women's doubles, the top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair of Mirza and Martina Hingis dispatched the Americans Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria 6-1, 6-2 in the first round. However, the hot favourites lost their service twice in the 56-minute contest in which they broke their rivals seven times.
The top seeds next face Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky and her Taiwanese partner Chia-Jung Chuang, who defeated the American team of Melanie Oudin and Jessica Pegula 6-4, 7-6 (5). Rohan Bopanna, who has already reached the men's doubles second round, will open his mixed doubles campaign on Friday with Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei.
The second seeds face Belinda Bencic from Switzerland and Fernando Verdasco. Mirza will also begin the defence of her mixed doubles title with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares. They will face Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot from Poland.