Bopanna-Mergea, Mirza-Hingis advance

Bopanna-Mergea advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with a straight set win over Andrej Martin and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo while defending champions Mirza-Hingis entered the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis progressed to the second round of women's doubles event at Wimbledon on Saturday.   -  AP

Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza both registered wins in their respective doubles matches at the Wimbledon Championships on Saturday.

Bopanna his Romanian partner Florin Mergea advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with straight sets win over Andrej Martin and Hans Podlipnik-Castillo while defending champions Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam and Laura Siegemund.

Bopanna-Mergea faced early resistance from the Slovakian-Chile combination before prevailing 7—5 6—2 in the second round contest that lasted one hour and 17 minutes. Bopanna and Mergea saved eight of the nine breakpoints they faced in the match and broke their rivals four times.

Bopanna could face Leander Paes in the next match if the 43-year-old and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski get the better of Henri Kontinen and John Peers.

Paes and Bopanna will play as a team in India’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Korea and then at Rio Games.

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