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Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes and his Swiss mixed doubles partner Martina Hingis entered the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday. Paes and Martina beat Australians Casey Dellacqua and Matt Reid 6-2, 6-3 in a second round match at Melbourne Park in 54 minutes.

The Indo-Swiss pair got an early break in the fourth game of the first set. They led 5-2 shortly after and then broke their opponents' serve again to claim the first set in 24 minutes.

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A bad day for Indians at Wimbledon worsened as the last remaining Indian hope Leander Paes and his partner Martina Hingis, the defending champions, crashed out in the third round of the mixed doubles event to home player Heather Watson and Finland's Henri Kontinen 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in an hour and 31 minutes.

After facing an early breakpoint, the Indo-Swiss pairing rushed to a 4-1 lead and then were pegged back to 4-3 but Hingis produced a glorious return winner to break Watson's serve. Paes then held serve authoritatively to close out the opening set 6-3.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday congratulated tennis star Leander Paes for making it to his seventh straight Olympics.

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Indian Tennis has escaped another epic maelstrom after Rohan Bopanna released a statement today accepting AITA's decision forcing him to partner with 6-time Olympian, 42 year old Leander Paes, instead of his partner of choice a considerably younger Saketh Myneni.

AITA had over-ruled Bopanna's choice, a right that he earned as a result of being a top 10 player in Men's Doubles as per the latest ATP Tour Rankings. The All India Tennis Association held an emergency meeting in Delhi today to pick the team for the Rio Olympics and decided to opt for the experience of Leander over the exuberance of Saketh.

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Legendary Indian tennis star, 42 year old Leander Paes has got his wish of playing in a record seventh straight after he was named by AITA as Rohan Bopanna's doubles partner for the Indian Men's Doubles team for the Rio Olympics. Bopanna and Sania Mirza will play the mixed doubles.

Bopanna on Friday caused another stir in Indian tennis, naming young Saketh Myneni as his choice of doubles partner, a prerogative that he is entitled to as a top 10 player in the ATP Tour Rankings. Bopanna has had differences with Paes in the past, and also expressed his disinterest in partnering with Leander at the London Olympics in 2012.

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In a move which may end veteran warhorse Leander Paes' Olympic dreams, Rohan Bopanna has selected Saketh Myneni as his preferred partner for the men's doubles tennis event at the Rio Games.

Bopanna, who informed the All India Tennis Association (AITA) about his decision on Friday, has earned India a direct entry into the men's doubles event at the Olympics due to his top-10 rank. 

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He may have won 18 Grand Slams but veteran tennis star Leander Paes still has immense hunger to pocket some more before deciding to hang up his boots. Paes, who recently completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open mixed doubles with Swiss great Martina Hingis, said on Tuesday that he would love to get 20 Grand Slam wins.

"I love achieving history. I would love to get to 20 Grand Slams," Paes said while dedicating all his titles to his father -- former Olympic bronze medalist Dr Vece Paes.

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