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Paes emerges sole winner for India on day 7 of Wimbledon

Written by: Staff
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London, July 4 (UNI) It turned out to be a disappointing day for the Indians at the Wimbledon with only Leander Paes managing to come through in the doubles second round as he teamed up with Martin Damm to record a straight victory over the Czech pair of Cyril Suk and Robin Vik.

Seeded seventh in the Championship, Paes and Damm registered a 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) win over their unheralded opponents.

Paes and Damm ran away with the initiative in the first two sets as they completed them in less then an hour but it was the third set -- lasting 48 minutes -- in which the Indo-Czech duo was tested by Suk and Vik.

The Czech pair came back strongly to take the set to a tie-breaker. However, Paes and Damm kept their cool to ward off the challenge and seal the match in their favour.

Paes also won his mixed doubles second round match against the Australian-Ukranian pair of Paul Hanley and Tatiana Perebiynis partnering Aussie Samantha Stosur. The Indo-Asutralian pair won 6-3, 4-6, 12-10. Paes and Stosur were seeded fourth in the category but were tested by their unheralded rivals, who lost in closely fought match.

Their was disappointment elsewhere as Elena Dementieva came back to torment Sania Mirza. The world number eight Russian, who ousted Sania in the singles' first round, teamed up with Italian Flavia Pannetta to beat the Indian and her Dutch partner Michaella Krajicek in the women's doubles' second round 6-4, 6-2.

In another mixed doubles second round match, despite being seeded 11th, Mahesh Bhupathi and his Chineses comrade-in-arms Zi Yan proved no match for the unheralded American duo of Bob Bryan and Venus Williams as they went down 4-6, 1-6 to bow out of the event.

In the 45 and over men's doubles event, Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj were ousted by the US-Iranian pair of Gene Mayor and Mansour Bahrami in the first round. The Indian pair was completely out of sorts in the first set as they lost it 2-6 but came back to put up a fight in the second set. However, the effort proved to be too little too late as they lost the set and the match 5/7 in the tie-breaker.

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