Bhupathi-Bopanna, Sania-Vesnina enter doubles pre-quarters

Melbourne: Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina overcame a fighting Eva Birnerova and Alberta Brianti 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the women`s doubles pre-quarterfinals as India recorded its second straight all-win day at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The sixth-seeded Indo-Russian pair saved 13 breakpoints out of 16 it faced against the Czech-Italian combo in the second round clash, which lasted close to two hours at court number six.

They will now fight it out with Australia`s Jarmila Gajdosova and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands for a place in the quarterfinals.

First-time partners Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna progressed to the men`s doubles pre-quarterfinals as the fourth seeded India pair scored an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Australia`s Carsten Ball and Treat Conrad Huey of Philippines.

They now face 13th seed Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram.

Leander Paes also had a good day in office as he and Vesnina won their opening mixed doubles clash in straight sets against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

The fifth-seed Indo Russian pair overcame a late charge from its rivals to score a 6-2, 7-5 win.

They await the winners of another first round match between Nadia Petrova/Marcelo Melo and Su-Wei Hsieh/Marcin Matkowski.


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