Miami Masters: Sania Mirza-Cara Black advance, Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek ousted

Sania Mirza and Cara Black beat Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 to enter second round, while Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek made suffered first-round exit.

updated: March 21, 2014 11:01 IST
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Miami: Sania Mirza and Cara Black fought their way into the second round even as Leander Paes made his third first-round exit in five tournaments this year when he lost his opening round at the Sony Open with partner Radek Stepanek, here.

Sania and Zimbabwe's Cara, seeded fifth, faced stiff resistance from the unseeded Taipei pair of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan before prevailing 6-3 6-7(8) 10-8 in the first round of the USD 5,427,105 WTA Premier tournament. They next face Georgia's Oksana Kalashnikova and Russia's Alisa Kleybanova.

In the USD 5,649,405 men's tournament, being held simultaneously, fourth seeded Paes and his Czech partner Stepanek suffered an upset first round defeat against American Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 3-6 6-7 (7).

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