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Bopanna, Sania in Round II

Sania Mirza, on Thursday

Melbourne: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi braved sweltering heat and a stiff challenge from Rameez Junaid and Adrian Mannarino to enter the second round of the Australian Open doubles event, here, on Thursday.

The seventh seeded Indo-Pak pair, aiming to win their first Grand Slam, edged past the unseeded opponents 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) in the first round.

In women’s doubles, sixth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black began their campaign with a fluent 6-1 6-4 win over Australian combo of Tammi Patterson and Arina Rodionova.

Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek’s first round outing was also cancelled. They are scheduled to clash with the Czech pair of Lukas Dlouhy and Lukas Rosol. (PTI)