Australian Open: Sania Mirza advances, Rohan Bopanna exits

India's Sania Mirza advanced to the next round of the women's doubles at Australian Open tennis tournament while Rohan Bopanna's men's doubles journey ended.

Written by: IANS
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Melbourne, Jan 20: Sania Mirza advanced to the women's doubles third round but Rohan Bopanna was knocked out in his men's doubles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament here on Friday (January 20).

Sania and her partner Barbora Strycova from Czech Republic beat Australian-Chinese pair of Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang 6-1, 6-4.

Sania Mirza (right) and Barbora Strycova talk while playing against Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai at the Australian Open on Friday (January 20)

The fourth seeds needed an hour and 21 minutes to win. The Indo-Czech pair will play against Japan's Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato.

But Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas lost to unseeded Australian pair of Alex Bolt and Bradley Mousley in the second round 6-2, 6-7 (2), 4-6.

The 15th seed were beaten in one hour and 55 minutes. Bopanna's loss ended India's challenge in the men's doubles competition after veteran Leander Peas, partnering Brazilian Andre Sa, and Purav Raja and Divij Sharan lost in the first round on Thursday.

Sania-Barbora broke serve twice to claim an early 4-0 lead. That lead was enough for them to win the first set comfortably 6-1.

Stosur-Zhang responded in the second set, breaking Sania's serve in the second game and then consolidated holding their serve to go 3-0 ahead.

The Indo-Czech pair pulled level, winning the next three games straight and then capitalised on another break to go 5-4 up.

They then saved five break points and required four match points to win the second set and the contest.


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