Paes, Sania in doubles quarters at Indian Wells

first_imgAustralian Open winners Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek saw off a stiff resistance from Juan Monaco and Kei Nishikori to advance to the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters here.The seventh-seeded Indo-Czech pair scored a tough 7-6(5), 6-4 win in the second round over their unseeded opponents.They will now fight it out with giant-killing Spanish pair of Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal for a place in the last-four stage.Lopez and Nadal had knocked out third seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic in their opening round.The Indian pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna had suffered a first round exit in the USD 4,694,969 hard court event. They had lost to French pair of Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Sania-Vesnina in WTA quartersMeanwhile, Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina too moved into quarter-finals of the WTA event of Indian Wells after scoring a hard fought win over Timea Bacsinszky and Alberta Brianti, here.The second seeds dominated the proceedings in the beginning but lost the second set before winning the second round match 6-1, 3-6, 10-2.They face Argentine pair of Gisela Dulko and Paola Suarez in the last-eight stage match.Sania had exited the singles event after losing the second round match against Anabel Medina Garrigues.last_img

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