BNP Paribas Open: Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis bounce back with a win at Indian Wells

They next face local girl Vania King and Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2016, 16:02 PM IST
BNP Paribas Open: Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis bounce back with a win at Indian Wells

New Delhi: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis on Saturday beat Australian pair of Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur to advance to the second round of BNP Paribas Open.

The Indo-Swiss pair took just 68 minutes to register a 6-3 7-5 in the opening round of the USD 6,844,139 hard court event.

Sania and Martina saved four of the six breakpoints they faced in the match and broke their rivals five times in the tight contest.

They next face local girl Vania King and Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva, who beat Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova 4-6 6-3 10-5.

Last month, the 41-match winning streak by world No. 1 pair ended at the Qatar Open where they were defeated 2-6, 6-4, 10-5 by Elena Vesnina and Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals.

In the men's event, Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, seeded fifth, are up against Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Marc L pez in their first round of the USD 7,037,595 event.

(With PTI inputs)