Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and Martina Hingis sailed into the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open with straight sets win over Australian duo of Matt Reid and Casey Dellacqua, in Melbourne on Monday.
The Indo-Swiss pair took just 54 minutes to get the better of Reid and Dellacqua 6-2 6-3 in the second round encounter.
It was total domination from Paes and Hingis as they took control of the match from the onset and didn't give their rivals any opportunity to forge a comeback.
Paes and Hingis' domination could be gauged from the fact that they committed just one unforced error in the first set as against seven by their opponents.
While Hingis controlled the baseline, Paes was near perfect at the net, converting almost every time he approached the net.
Paes and Hingis will now face the winner of another second round match between Samantha Stosur/Samuel Groth and Darija Jurak/Jean-Julien Rojer, in the quarterfinals
There was some good news for the Indian juniors. Zeel Desai moved to the girls' singles pre-quarterfinals of the junior Australian Open but bowed out of the doubles event after first round loss.
High five to that!Wildcards @Leander and @mhingis knock out fellow wildcards #Dellacqua/#Reid 6-2 6-3 to advance to the QFs #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/q3bzBe820c— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 23, 2017
Zeel defeated Germany's Jule Niemeier 6-4 6-2 in the second round to set up a contest against fifth seed Serbian Olga Danilovic, who outplayed China's Shuyue Ma 6-3 6-1.
Mihika Yadav is also in the fray. She is up against Japanese 10th seed Mai Hontama.
There is no Indian left in the boys singles after first round defeat of Siddhant Banthia against Australia's Alexander Crnokrak.
Banthia though moved to the boys doubles second round of the boys doubles with Turkey's Kaya Gore. They defeated Federico Iannaccone and len Schouten 6-7(4) 6-2 11-9.
They next face sixth seeds Zizou Bergs and Yshai Oliel.