New York: Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the third round of the men’s doubles at the U.S. Open with relative ease beating the Spanish combine of Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo and Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded pair await either unseeded Austrians Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle or Brazilian 16th seeds Andre Sa and Marcelo Melo.

On Friday, Sania Mirza and Francesca Schiavone of Italy crashed out of the women’s doubles event losing 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 to Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Shahar Peer of Israel in the second round.

The opening set saw Dulko and Peer having the upper hand in service by firing three aces while Sania and Schiavone struggled with their serves as they dropped two of them to give away the first set 2-6 in 27 minutes.

Recovery

The Indo-Italian pair staged a fine recovery in the second set as they tightened their service game and engaged their rivals in long rallies which they won most of the time.

Sania and Schiavone broke Dulko and Peer twice in the second set while giving them no chance to do the same.

Both the pairs reserved their best for the decider which lasted 68 minutes. Sania and Schiavone smashed three aces but failed to win the crucial points.

With most of the games being stretched to deuces, breakpoints changed sides and Dulko and Peer converted more of them than their Indo-American opponents.

Dulko and Peer converted two of the nine breakpoints, while Sania and Schiavone won one out of seven.

Bhupathi & Huber advance

Mahesh Bhupathi and Leizel Huber scored a straight-set victory over the unseeded pair of Marcelo Melo of Brazil and American Vania King in the opening round of the mixed doubles.

The Indo-American duo made a sluggish start and were stretched a bit in the first set but won the match 7-5, 6-0 in 62 minutes.

Bhupathi and Huber were rusty in their first match of the Grand Slam event, committing four double faults and nine unforced errors in the opening set.

They, however, still hit more winners than their opponents to win the first set 7-5 in 44 minutes.

Having got a measure of their opponents, Bhupathi and Huber then showed no mercy and denied them even a single game in the second set which lasted just 22 minutes. — PTI

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