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Sania out of doubles, Bhupathi-Stepanek cruise into 2nd round

While Sania exits the women's doubles with a first round loss, the Bhupathi-Stepanek pair enters the second round of the men's doubles at the French Open.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2007 00:13 IST

Sania Mirza's fortunes at the French Open took another knock as she exited the women's doubles with a first round loss in the company of Eva Birnerova.

The Indo-Czech pair went down to the seasoned combination of Lisa Raymond of the US and Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-1 6-2 on Thursday.

Sania, who returned to the courts from a 2-1/2 month injury lay-off a fortnight ago, won the doubles title in Morocco in her first tournament since returning to action.

The 20-year-old Indian had earlier bowed out of singles in the second round, with a 6-2 6-4 loss to Serbian seventh seed Ana Ivanovic.

Meanwhile, Mahesh Bhupathi and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek cruised into the second round of the men's doubles competition with a straight-set win over the Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Bhupathi and Stepanek defeated the 12th seeds 6-4 6-0 in their first round encounter at the Roland Garros on Thursday.

The winners were broken twice in the first set but managed to win the opener.

The second set in contrast was a cake walk as Bhupathi and Stepanek broke their Polish rivals thrice to wrap up the match after a little over an hour long battle.

In the second round, Bhupathi-Stepanek will take on Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Filippo Volandri of Italy.

First Published: Jun 01, 2007 20:31 IST