London: Out of contention in singles, Sania
Mirza was off to a winning start in women`s doubles event as
the Indian and her Dane partner Caroline Wozniacki notched up
a straight-set victory to enter the second round of the
Sania, who lost in the very first round of the singles
event, and Wozniacki beat local favourites Anne Keothavong and
Melanie South 6-4, 6-1.
The Indo-Dane pair will now be up against the winners of
the match between the Russian-Czech team of Maria Kondratieva
and Vladimira Uhlirova and the 11th seeded Zimbabwean-Slovak
combination of Cara Black and Daniela Hantuchova.
There was more good news for India in the men`s doubles
event with old warhorse Leander Paes and his Czech partner
Lukas Dlouhy winning their opening round match.
Third seeds Paes and Dlouhy shrugged off a one-set
deficit to beat South African Rik De Voest and German Mischa
Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 in a hard-fought contest.
Paes and Dlouhy will next face winners of the match
between Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo
and the Slovak-Ukrainian pairing of Lukas Lacko and Sergiy