Sania, Bopanna advance to third round of French Open

Paris: It turned out to be a good day for Indians in the French Open tennis Friday with both Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna advancing to the third round of women`s and men`s doubles.

Seventh-seeded pair of Sania and Elena Vesnina of Russia defeated Kristina Barrois of Germany and Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-6(4), 6-3. They now await the winner of the match between two Spanish pairs, 11th-seeded Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Anabel Medina Garrigues, and Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Laura Pous-Tio.

In the men`s doubles, Bopanna and Pakistan`s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, seeded fifth fought back from a set down for a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4 win over Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina and Japan`s Kei Nishikori.

They next play Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.