Mirza-Strycova, Bopannna-Cuevas advance

Sania Mirza and her Czech her partner Barbora Strycova made short work of UK's Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith to collect an easy 6-3, 6-1 win in the women's doubles first round at Australian Open on Wednesday.

Sania Mirza Barbara Strycova

Sania Mirza and partner Barbora Strycova celebrate a point win against Britain's pair Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith on Wednesday.   -  AP

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made winning starts to their respective campaigns at the Australian Open with contrasting opening-round victories with their doubles partners, here today.

Sania Mirza and her Czech her partner Barbora Strycova made short work of UK's Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith to collect an easy 6-3, 6-1 win in the women's doubles first round at Australian Open on Wednesday.

Sania and Barbora drew the first blood in the sixth game. Sania hit a deep forehand down the line to get a third break point after having missed out on the first two. Rae then made an unforced error off the next service as her backhand volley hit the net. The Indian then served out the set in the next game.

Sania and Barbora were more authoritative in the second set as they broke the rivals twice to easily close the match.

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Earlier in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay progressed to the second round of men's doubles with a straight-sets win.

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The Indian-Uruguay pair defeated Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the opening round of men's doubles.

They will now take on Australian pair Alex Bolt and Bradley Mousley, who defeated Robin Haase and Florian Mayer 6-3, 5-7,6-4.