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Sania & Cara advance

Oeiras: Top-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black came back from a set down to quell the challenge of Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Irigoyen in the opening round of the Portugal Open, here.

The Indo-Zimbabwean team downed the Romanian-Argentine combo 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 in one hour and 20 minutes in the $250,000 clay court event.

They now await the winner of the first round match between Maria Joao Koehler/ Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor and Silvia Soler-Espinosa/Shuai Zhang.

Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles event, being held simultaneously, the Indian team of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja advanced to the quarter finals after getting a walkover from Colombian pair of Santiago L. Giraldo and Alejandro Gonzalez.

They may face top seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero in the next round. The top seeds are up against Florin Mergea and Andre SA.

In the singles event, Somdev Dev Varman is facing top seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the second round.

In the Stuttgart Open last Sunday, Sania and Cara lost in the final to top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in one hour and 10 minutes. (PTI)