The top-seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Cara Black came back from a set down to quell the challenge of Irina-Camelia Begu and Maria Irigoyen in the opening round of the WTA Portugal Open, here.

The Indo-Zimbabwean team downed the Romanian-Argentine combo 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 in one hour and 20 minutes in the $250,000 clay court event.

Divij-Purav pair moves up

Meanwhile, in the €485,760 men’s doubles event, being held simultaneously, the Indian team of Divij Sharan and Purav Raja advanced to the quarterfinals after getting a walkover from Colombian pair of Santiago L. Giraldo and Alejandro Gonzalez.

The results: In Oeiras: ATP Portugal Open: Pablo Cuevas bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Albert Montanes bt Roberto Carballes Baena 7-6(4), 6-3; Victor Hanescu bt Radu Albot 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; Leonardo Mayer bt Joao Sousa 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; Lukas Kubot bt Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 7-5.

Women: Doubles: First round: Sania Mirza & Cara Black bt Irina-Camelia Begu & Maria Irigoyen 4-6, 6-2, 10-5.

In Munich: ATP BMW Open: Second round: Jan-Lennard Struff bt Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-3; Denis Istomin bt Marinko Matosevic 6-7(6), 6-3, 7-5.

First round: Sergiy Stakhovsky bt Peter Gojowczyk 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; Albert Ramos bt Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-0. — Agencies

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