Bopanna outplays Gong India take 2-0 lead over China
Hyderabad, Nov 23 (UNI) Top seeded India took an unassailable 2-0 lead over China with Rohan Bopanna following up team mate Sania Mirza's easy victory by winning the second singles against Mao Xin Gong in the first round of first Asia Hopman Cup tennis championship at the SAAP complex here today.
The 26 year-old Davis Cupper, Bopanna crushed his lowly ranked Chinese opponent Gong in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Ranked 259 in the world, Bopanna broke his opponent's serve in the fourth game of the first set and the third and the fifth games in the second set to clinch the match.
Meanwhile, second seeded Chinese Taipei took 1-0 lead over Philippines with I-Hsuan Hwang defeating Czarina Arevalo in the women's singles in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. Hwang broke Czarina in three games in the first set. In the second set she broke her rival in the fourth game and broke back in the fifth game. She again broke her rival's serve in the sixth and eigth games.
Results: India bt China 2-0 (Sania Mirza bt Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6-2, Rohan Bopanna bt Mao-Xin Gong 6-3, 6-2).
Chienese Taipei bt Philippines 1-0 (I-Hsuan Hwang bt Czarina Arevalo 6-0, 6-2) Pick up suitably from SPM 4 UNI XR GKT PDS BST2108