Melbourne, Jan 22: India's Divij Sharan and his Kiwi partner Artem Sitak entered the second round of men's doubles event while Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the Australian Open, here on Wednesday.
The duo of Sharan and Sitak outclassed Portuguese-Spanish duo of Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa 6-4 7-5 in a thrilling contest which lasted for 1 hour and 28 minutes. They will next face the winner of the first-round match between 10th seeds Mate Pavic-Bruno Soares and Ben Molachlan-Luke Bambridge.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna partnering Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan lost to USA's Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, 1-6 6-3 3-6 in a challenging one hour, 17 minutes contest. However, Bopanna still has a chance in the mixed doubles event where he will partner with comeback star Sania Mirza.
Earlier on Tuesday, India's top-ranked tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran missed out on a chance to play against world number two Novak Djokovic after crashing out in the men's singles opening round. (UNI)