Australian Open: It's Leander Paes vs Mahesh Bhupathi in mixed doubles Round 2

Eighth seeded duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina of Russia crossed the first-round hurdle in their mixed doubles match with a 6-7(3) 6-4 10-5 win over Spanish pair of Arantxa Parra-Santonj and David Marrero in a 92-minute contest.

updated: January 19, 2014 23:31 IST
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Melbourne: It was a fruitful day for veteran Indian star Leander Paes, who sailed into the quarterfinals of the men's doubles with Czech partner Radek Stepanek, besides making the second round of the mixed doubles with Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova at the Australian Open, in Melbourne on Sunday.

Fifth seeds Paes and Stepanek hit 25 winners en route their 6-3 6-2 win over unseeded pair of India's Yuki Bhambri and New Zealand's Michael Venus in the pre-quarterfinal, which lasted 65 minutes.

In his mixed doubles first round match, Paes, partnering Hantuchova, got the better of Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia and Australia's James Duckworth 7-5 4-6 10-7 in an hour and 26 minutes to set up a second round clash against Mahesh Bhupathi and Elena Vesnina.

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