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What's common between Sania Mirza and Leander Paes apart from the fact that they are Indian? Well, they are both playing with Russian Elena Vesnina at the US Open this year.
Mirza and Vesnina, seeded 6th in the women's doubles, bulldozed their way into round 2 of the US Open, with a 6-2, 6-0 rout of Americans Samantha Crawford and an exhausted Madison Keys. Sixteen year old Keys had lost a thrilling three-setter to Lucie Safarova earlier in the day, and her partnership with fellow teen Crawford failed to ignite as they went down rather tamely to the experienced Indo-Russian pair. They will next take on the Russian-Ukranian pairing of Vitalia Diatchenko and Olga Savchuk.
While she may have had it easy in the women's doubles, it was anything but in the Mixed, as Vesnina teamed up with veteran Leander Paes for the first time. The seventh seeds, taking on Nadia Petrova and Jamie Murray, won the first set easily enough 6-2, but dropped the second 9-7 in the tiebreak to set up a deciding match tiebreak.
Paes and Vesnina won that 10 points to 6 to book their place in round 2 where they will face Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei and Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland.
Indians continue to be action on Day 4 of the US Open with Sania Mirza renewing her Australian Open winning partnership with Mahesh Bhupathi to take on the all-Czech pairing of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak in the second match on Court no.9. Also, Somdev Devvarman partners with Treat Conrad Huey of the Phillipines for their first round men's doubles clash with Russians Igor Andreev and Igor Kunitsyn.
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