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Hesh-Knowles advance; Paes loses

On a sweet-sour day for India, Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles cruised into the semifinals of men's doubles but the top-seeded mixed doubles pair of Leander Paes and Cara Black were shocked in the second round.

sports Updated: Jan 28, 2009 00:13 IST
Bhupathi-Knowles in men's doubles semis; Paes-Black out

India's Mahesh Bhupathi stormed into the doubles semifinals while Leander Paes faced a shock exit in the mixed doubles on Tuesday.

Third seeded Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles beat a resilient Lopez and Verdasco 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in nearly an hour and a half at Melbourne Park.

In mixed doubles, top seeds Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabawe were stunned by Swiss Patty Schnyder and South Africa's Wesley Moodie in the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals, losing 1-6, 5-7.

Bhupathi and Knowles broke the Spaniards twice to take the first set in 26 minutes but Lopez and Verdasco fought back to draw level in the second set.

In the juniors, top seed Yuki Bhambri marched into the third round with a 7-6(1), 6-0 win over Australian Stephen Hoh. The Indian will next meet 13th seeded Croat Dino Marcan.

First Published: Jan 28, 2009 04:00 IST