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US Open: Sania, Bopanna advance; defending champs Paes-Hingis ousted

India’s Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna progressed with their respective partners at the US Open on Saturday but Leander Paes’ campaign ended after the veteran suffered a second-round defeat with Martina Hingis in mixed doubles.


Sania and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic advanced to the third round of the women’s doubles after a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over Viktorija Golubic and Nicole Melichar.
The seventh-seeded pair will now meet unseeded Nicole Gibbs and Nao Hibino next.
Bopanna and his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski defeated Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova 5-7, 6-3, 10-7 to move into the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles.
The pair will next meet unseeded pair of Robert Farah and Anna-Lena Grönefeld.
However, defending champions Paes and Hingis lost to American seventh seeds Coco Vandeweghe and Rajeev Ram 7-6 (1), 3-6, 13-11 after leading 8-4 in the match tiebreaker at Flushing Meadows.
The defeat marked the end of Paes’ US Open campaign after he exited the men’s doubles tournament partnering Andre Begemann on Friday.