Paes-Bhupathi lead India’s doubles charge

1999 champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi put in a vintage performance, rallying from a set down to advance to the second round of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon on Friday.
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Updated on Jun 25, 2011 01:28 AM IST
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1999 champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi put in a vintage performance, rallying from a set down to advance to the second round of the men’s doubles at Wimbledon on Friday.

The third seeds beat the Croatian-duo of Ivan Dodig and Lovro Zovko 6-7(7-9), 6-4, 6-4.

It was a good day for the other Indians in the draw as Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman also progressed in the doubles competition.

Sania and Russian partner Elena Vesnina made it to the third round after a hard-earned 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic and Kazakhastan ‘s Galina Voskoboeva.

Somdev and Japan’s Kei Nishikori got the better of German-duo Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in another first round men’s doubles match.

On Thursday, Devvarman’s Wimbledon debut ended with a straight sets defeat at the hands of Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the second round.

The 68th ranked Indian lost 2-6, 4-6, 4-6 to 18th seed Russian in the rain-hit match.

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