French Open: Sania enters doubles quarters, Bhupathi exits

May 30th, 2011 - 2:59 am ICT by IANS  

Paris, May 29 (IANS) India’s Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina defeated the Spanish pair of Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1 6-4 to qualify for the women’s doubles quarterfinals of the French Open tennis here Sunday.

The Indo-Russian duo will now face top seeds Gisela Dulko of Brazil and Italian Flavia Pennetta, who defeated the Italian pair of Sarra Errani and Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-2 in their third round match.

Another Indian, Mahesh Bhupathi, however, bowed out of the mixed doubles event when he and his Chinese partner Jie Zheng lost 6-4 3-6 7-10 to Australian Rennae Stubbs and Brazilian Marcelo Melo in the second round.

Earlier, Bhupathi and Leander Paes crashed out of the men’s doubles in the second round.

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