New York: On a mixed day for India, defending
champions and third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy
crashed out but Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi entered
the men`s doubles second round of the US Open.
Paes and Dlouhy were the first of the two pairs to take
the court and were in for disappointment as the
Czech-Slovakian combination of Martin Damm and Filip Polasek
rallied to beat them 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4.
Paes has been a two-time champion (2006 and 2009) and
three-time runners-up at the Grand Slam event with different
partners. Interestingly, the Indian veteran`s 2006 title
triumph at the Flushing Meadows came with Damm.
However, Bopanna and Qureshi ensured that the Indians had
something to cheer about when the 16th seeded duo defeated
Americans Brian Battistone and Ryler DeHeart 6-3, 7-6 (7).
Bopanna and Qureshi will now play against the winners of
the match between the unseeded teams of Americans Sekou
Bangoura and Nathan Pasha and Michael Kohlmann (Germany) and
Jarkko Nieminen (Finland).