US Open: Leander Paes, Sania Mirza Through

The fourth day of the US Open 2015 was great for the Indian players, with Leander Paes and Sania Mirza getting through to the second round in their respective doubles competition. However, it was not such a good day for women’s fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki, as she suffered a defeat at the Arthur Ashe stadium against unseeded Petra Cetkovska of Czech Republic.

Paes, Sania Mirza enter 2nd round of US Open

Paes, Mirza through at US Open

Straight set victories for both Indians at the US Open

Leander Paes partnered Spain’s hard-hitting Fernando Verdasco in the men’s doubles, the pair played Germany’s Florian Mayer and Frank Moser, winning the match at just over the one hour mark. The final score ended at 6-2 and 6-3 for the Indo-Spaniard pair.

On the other hand, Wimbledon winners Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis began their quest rather comfortably against American pair of Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria. The match lasted less than an hour and resulted in a 6-1 and 6-2 win for the Hingis-Mirza pair.

Federer adavnces, Wozniacki upset

The evening session of the competition saw men’s second seed Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki in action. It turned out to be a good outing for Federer as he defeated Steve Darcis of Belgium with relative ease, taking the sets 6-1, 6-2 and 6-1.

The grandslam this year has been witness to some major calamity on each game day. Today’s victim was Caroline Wozniacki who was taken by surprise by the persistence of Czech Republic’s Petra Cetkovska, causing yet another upset in the tournament. Cetkovska took the first set 6-4, putting the fourth seed under immense pressure. Bouncing back from the defeat Wozniacki won the second set, but in a hardly convincing manner, and eventually taking it to the tie break in the final set.

Wozniacki had her chances and could not capitalize on them and Cetkovska punished her in the tie break taking the match 6-4, 5-7 and 7-6 (7-1).

Top players in action at US Open Day 5

In singles competition, top seed Novak Djokovic faces Andreas Seppi in round 3, while Rafael Nadal would hope to end his dismal grandslam run this year as he is set to play Fabio Fognini. On the other hand, Williams sisters will be in action in women’s singles as Serena takes on Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Venus will play Belinda Bencic.

Also the three Indians: Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza will be in action tonight. Leander Paes and Sania Mirza have their matches scheduled in court 5. Paes-Verdasco pair will play Steve Johnson and Sam Querry, the American pair caused a major upset beating the top seeded pair of the tournament. The challenge will be difficult for Paes and Verdasco.

Mixed doubles top seed Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares are up against Hlavackova and Lukasz Kubot. While, the pair of Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan will play Belinda Bencic and Fernando Verdasco in mixed doubles in court 11.




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