Sania, Paes, Bhupathi win doubles matches


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London, June 24

Sania Mirza was off to a winning start in women’s doubles event as the Indian and her Dane partner Caroline Wozniacki notched up a straight-set victory to enter the second round of the Wimbledon Championships here. They beat local favourites Anne Keothavong and Melanie South 6-4 6-1.

In the men’s doubles event, Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy and Mahesh Bhupathi and his partner Max Mirnyi won their opening round matches.

While third seeds Paes and Dlouhy shrugged off a one-set deficit to beat South African Rik De Voest and German Mischa Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-4 6-3, Bhupathi and Mirnyi registered a straight-set victory over Argentine duo of Maximo Gonzalez and Sebastian Prieto 7-5, 6-1, 7-5.

In singles matches, former champion Maria Sharapova had a clinical 6-1, 6-4 victory over Romania’s Ioana Raluca Olaru in the second round.

The Queen’s presence seemed to have a positive impact on Andy Murray, who turned in a majestic performance against Finlan’s Jarkko Nieminen defeating him 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to surge into the third round without the loss of a set.

Sixth seed Robin Soderling booked his place in the third round with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Spain's Marcel Granollers on Thursday.