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Wimbledon 2017: Sania-Kirsten, Bopanna- Edgar advance to second round; Paes-Shamasdin lose marathon first round

Indians had a good day at the All England Club as Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, and Purav Raja won their respective matches in doubles categories to advance to the second round of Wimbledon 2017.
India TV Sports Desk New Delhi July 07, 2017 13:41 IST
India TV Sports Desk

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her doubles partner Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium registered a straight sets victory over Naomi Osaka and Shuai Zhan to advance to the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday. It was a cake walk for the Indo-Belgian pair as they outplayed their Janapese-Chinese opponents 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 12 minutes at Court 11.

The 13th seeded pair will now take on the winner of the match between the of Naomi Broady-Heather Watson and Katie Dunne-Harriet Dart of Britain in the second round. 

In the men's doubles category, India's Rohan Bopanna and his doubles partner Edgar Roger-Vesselin also advanced to the second round after defeating German pair of Mischa Zverev and Dustin Brown 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Whereas, Purav Raja and Divij Sharan also began their Wimbledon campaign on a positive note as they defeated the British-Portuguese pair of Kyle Edmunds and Joao Sousa 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8).

Whereas, Veteran Leander Paes' 23rd appearance at the Wimbledon Championships ended with a first-round defeat in a gruelling five-setter against Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald.

The duo of Paes and Adil Shamasdin lost 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-7(2) 8-10 to its Austrian rivals in the first round, which was just one minute short of four hours.

In a long-drawn fifth set, Paes and his Canadian partner lost serve at 8-8 and their rivals grabbed the opportunity to serve out the match in the next game.

Paes and Shamasdin have won two Challenger level titles together in the 2017 season.