Bhupathi-Knowles enter second round of Sap Open

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San Jose, Feb 20 (UNI) Indian tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Mark Knowles cruised into the second round of the 436,000 dollar SAP Open here, with a straight sets victory over Jaroslav Levinsky and Radek Stepanek last night.

The second seeded Indo-Bahamas pair downed their Czech opponents 6-2 6-3 in the first round encounter.

They next face the American pair of Scott Lipsky and David Martin who beat Igor Kunitsyn of Russia and Jim Thomas of the US 4-6 6-3 12-10 in their opening match.

The Indo-Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq-Qureshi will open their campaign against Belarusian Max Mirnyi and Great Britain's Jamie Murray.

Meanwhile, India's Sunitha Rao went down 1-6, 2-6 to seventh seed Edina Gallovits to bow out of the 185,000 dollar Copa Colsanitas WTA tour event in Bogota, Colombia.

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