Sania-Chuang advance

Posted on 2009-06-26
LONDON: Sania Mirza and Chia-Jung Chuang earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-2 win over Americans Jill Craybas and Carly Gullickson to advance to the womenís doubles second round at the Wimbledon championships on Thursday.
The Indo-Taipei pair won after 79-minute battle against unseeded Craybas and Gullickson, who ran out of steam after putting up a good fight against the 15th seeds initially.
In an intriguing first set, Sania and Chuang faced stiff competition from the Americans and had to wait till the eighth breakpoint of the fourth game to get their first break. The Americans saved seven back-to-back breakpoints but the effort wasnít enough against their equally unrelenting rivals.
However, the compliment was returned immediately in the next game as Americans converted their second chance. Sania and Chuang were, however, unfazed and broke their rivals at love in the sixth game to get back the lead. But the Americans regrouped and broke their fancied rivals once more to remain in contention.
Meanwhile, in a major upset, French Open champions Indiaís Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of Czech Republic crashed out of the menís doubles event on Thursday. Paes and his Czech partner went down to the unseeded US pair of James Blake and Mardy Fish 4-6, 4-6, 3-6 that brought an end to their campaign in the first round itself.