Sania-Bethanie in US Open 3rd round

Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands entered the women's doubles third round with a straight-set win on a mixed day for the Indians in the US Open here.

The 13th seeded combination of Sania and Bethanie got the better of Croatian Darija Jurak and Hungary's Katalin Marosi 6-4 6-2.

The Indo-American pair now have a tough match on hand as they will take on second-seeded Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

Sara and Roberta outplayed American Jill Craybas and South African Chanelle Scheepers in their second-round match.

Another Indian who enjoyed a winning day at the event was Leander Paes. The veteran and his Russian partner Elena Vesnina, who are seeded third, defeated the American-Filipino combine of Raquel Kops-Jones and Treat Conrad Huey 6-4 7-5.

They will face another unseeded pair in Abigail Americans Spears and Scott Lipsky, who eased past the Czech-Austrian pair of Iveta Benesova and Jurgen Melzer 6-4 6-3.

But there was disappointment for Rohan Bopanna, who, along with his Chinese partner Jie Zheng, bowed out of the mixed doubles event after losing 2-6 5-7 to the Australian-Dutch duo of Anastasia Rodionova and Jean-Julien Rojer.

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