Bopanna-Zi shown the door; Rishika bows out

Bopanna-Zi shown the door; Rishika bows out

The other two Indians Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi made it the second round of the mixed doubles with their respective partners on Saturday.

Bhupathi and Australian Anastasia Rodionova defeated German Andrea Petkovic and Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland 6-2, 6-2. They will now face Sara Errani of Italy and David Marrero of Spain.

Paes and Cara Black of Zimbabwe came through a tough match against Alisa Kleybanova of Russia and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 12-10.  They will take on Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yung-Jan and Australian Paul Hanley in the second round.

Tenth seeds Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi will take on eighth seeds Michael Llodra of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia in the third round match of the men’s doubles category on Monday.

Meanwhile, India’s Rishika Sunkara became a first round casualty in the Junior girls’ singles category, going down in straight-sets to Japanese Emi Mutaguchi. The 17-year-old lost 5-7, 4-6 to Mutaguchi in an hour and 38 minutes of a hard-fought battle.

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