Australian Open: Sania-Bhupathi,Paes, Bopanna advance

January 23rd, 2009 - 5:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne,Jan 23 (IANS) Indians had a great day at the Australian Open Friday in the doubles play. Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna all won their matches.Bhupathi and Sania knocked out sixth-seeded Czech pair Pavel Vizner and Kveta Peschke, overcoming a second-set fight back, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round, reeling off six games straight after being down 0-4.

Paes and and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy, seeded fourth, recorded a comfortable 6-3 6-4 victory over Croatian Ivan Ljubicic and Italian Fabio Fognini to move into the third round.

Bopanna and his Finnish partner Jarkko Niemienen rallied from a set down to outlast Spanish pair Marcel Granollers and Santiago Ventura, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round.

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