French Open: Leander, Sania, Rohan Make Winning Start

Day 4 of the 2015 French Open turned out to be a fantastic day for India as all the three Indians in action started their campaigns on a winning note. Women’s doubles top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis thrashed Julia Goerges and Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 6-0 to reach the second round.

In men’s doubles, ninth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea defeated Serbian duo of Filip Krajinovic and Viktor Troicki 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 while the tenth seeds Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor edged the Australian pair of James Duckworth and Chris Guccione 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.


Sania Mirza (left) and Martina Hingis during their press conference at the 2015 French Open

It is great to be top seeds: Sania Mirza

Hingis and Mirza thoroughly dominated their match and broke their opponents six times en route to victory. It was a happy return for the Swiss legend Martina Hingis who is competing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2007.

Sania praised her partner after the match.

“It’s great to be top seeds and play our first Grand Slam match together. It’s no secret that Martina Hingis is one of the smartest players in the game.”

700th doubles victory for Leander

This first round match at the 2015 French Open will be special for doubles icon Leander Paes as he completed a much-awaited 700th career doubles victory on Wednesday. The Indo-Canadian duo of Paes and Nestor broke their opponents a total of four times in the match to make their way into the second round.

Tough opener for Bopanna

Madrid Masters champions Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea lost a close first set 5-7 against Serbians Krajinovic and Troicki but bounced back to take the second set 6-3 by breaking their opponents twice. A single break of serve was all the Indo-Romanian pair needed to complete their victory in the deciding set.

Bhupathi out of French Open

While Leander, Rohan and Sania made a winning start, Mahesh Bhupathi was not so lucky. The Indian ace who was partnering Australian Nick Kyrgios, lost the opening round match 3-6, 1-6 to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Lucas Pouille on Day 3 of the French Open.


So a good day for Indian tennis and here’s hoping our doubles experts go deep in the draw.

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