Double delight for India in Australian Open

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Melbourne (Australia) Jan 16: It was a fine for Indian fans at Australian Open as Indian hopes Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won their respective doubles matches in contrasting styles to make it an all win day for Indians.

Sania and Australian partner Alicia Molik , seeded sixth, won a two-hour battle against the unseeded Greco-German pair of Eleni Daniilidou and Jasmin Woehr 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the second round. Bopanna teamed up with American-Indian Rajeev Ram to oust the British-American duo of James Auckland and Sam Querrey 6-1, 7-6(4).

Bopanna and Ram are next up against the winners of match between the fifth seeded Indian-Australian team of Leander Paes-Paul Hanley and unseeded Luis Horna of Peru and Austrian Stefan Koubek.

Sania and Molik, meanwhile, will take on Russians Nadia Petrova and Elena Vesnina, who breezed past local favourites Sophie Ferguson and Trudi Musgrave 6-3, 6-4.

The sixth seeds sania and  Molik had no trouble pocketing the opening set in just half an hour, However, they were in for a shock in the second set as Daniilidou and Woehr broke them twice in the 40-minute contest to draw even and take the match into a third set.The decider was also an even battle but Sania and Molik came out trumps after breaking their opponents thrice out of the six chances they got.


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