Indians round off all-win day at US Open

New York: Indian tennis players enjoyed an all-win day at the US Open as three of them reached the men`s doubles third round with their respective partners, while Sania Mirza entered the women`s doubles pre-quarters here.

Sania and her Chinese partner Jie Zheng, who are seeded 10th, defeated the unseeded Hungarian-American combination of Katalin Marosi and Megan Moulton-Levy 6-3, 7-5.

They will now be up against sixth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic.

In the men`s doubles competition, it turned out to be an excellent day for all the Indians in fray.

First up was Divij Sharan with his Chinese-Taipei partner Yen-Hsun Lu. The duo defeated the Israeli team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2) in a hard-fought contest.

They have a tough match on hand as next up for them is Pakistan`s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and the Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer, a combination that is seeded fifth in the season`s final Grand Slam.

Fourth seeds Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek also endured a tough match before rallying to beat the unseeded German-Austrian duo of Daniel Brands and Philipp Oswald 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Paes and Stepanek will square off against 14th-seeded Frech combine of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in their third-round match.

Elsewhere, Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who are seeded sixth, got the better of Russians Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Elgin 7-6 (2), 7-6 (0) in another evenly-contested match.

Bopanna and Edouard`s next opponents are 12th seeded Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray of Britain.


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