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Bethany and Sania take a selfie after winning the first round of the women’s doubles.
India’s Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethany Mattek-Sands defeated the sixth seeded pair of Desire Krausic and Alexa Guaracchi to progress to the second round of the women’s doubles tournament at Wimbledon. Sania and Bethany defeated the American and Chilean pair of players 7-5 6-3 in one hour and 27 minutes in the first round match.
Seven deuce on Bethany’s serve
The pair of Sania and Bethany were seen coming under pressure at the beginning of the match. Bethany’s serve was deuce seven times in the third game. The American made three double faults but saved his serve after saving three break points. Sania and Bethany got a chance to break the opponent’s serve when the American player missed the chance to score a volley in the nets.
Ankita Raina is also playing
Another Indian player Ankita Raina is landing with her US partner Lauren David. This will be the first time that two Indian women players are playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam. Ankita is playing in her third consecutive Grand Slam tournament. He made his Grand Slam debut with the Australian Open in the same year. Sania has been playing Grand Slam since 2005.
Shikha Oberoi landed in 2004
Earlier, Indian-American Shikha Oberoi had qualified for the US Open women’s singles in 2004 and won her first round match against Saori Obata of Japan but lost to Venus Williams. After this Shikha could never make it to the main draw of the Grand Slam. Nirupama Vaidyanathan became the first female singles player to feature in a Grand Slam main draw after making it to the Australian Open in 1998. Nirupama Mankad played in the mixed doubles of Wimbledon in 1971 with Anand Amritraj.