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US Open 2016: Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna ace opening rounds

Paes, Bopanna and Mirza won the opening rounds of mixed doubles, men's doubles and women's doubles, respectively. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New York,United States Sep 01, 2016, 03.04 AM (IST)
India’s Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won their respective opening round matches kickstarting their US Open campaign at Flushing Meadows in New York on Wednesday.

Bopanna and Frederik Nielsen took on 16th seeds Radek Stepanek and Nenad Zimonjic, winning the first round of men’s doubles with 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3. 

Leander Paes and his Swiss mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis secured a 6-3, 6-2 win against Americans Sachia Vickery and Frances Tiafoe.

World No 1 women's doubles player  Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated unseeded American duo Jada Myii Hart and Ena Shibahara 6-2, 6-3 in women’s doubles.

The unseeded pair of Bopanna and Nielsen fought an hour and 53 minutes to seal the win at Court 6.

Bopanna-Nielsen who were playing a more experienced Czech-Serbian combination won the  first set 6-3.  They are now pitted against the US-New Zealand combination of Brian Baker and Marcus Daniell for a place in the pre-quarterfinals.

Sania and Barbora had five break points throughout the match, three of them securing their win. They won 65 out of the total 116 points played.

Paes-Hingis weren't even stretched that far, wrapping  up the match in 51 minutes.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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