Australian Open: After win, Rohan Bopanna says he could have fried an egg on court
Seventh seeded Indo-Pak pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi survived baking heat and tough opponents to win their men's doubles first round tie at the Australian Open here Thursday while Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black strolled to victory in the women's doubles.
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi braved sweltering heat and a stiff challenge from Rameez Junaid and Adrian Mannarino to enter the second round of the Australian Open men's doubles event, here today.
The seventh seeded Indo-Pak pair, aiming to win its first Grand Slam, edged past the unseeded opponents 6-3 4-6 7-6(5) in the first round that last lasted one hour and 45 minutes.
Both teams had many opportunities to break each other's serve in the first set but it was Bopanna and Qureshi who converted one of the six break points they had won to wrap up the first set.
The unseeded Australian-French returned the favour in the second set, managing to convert one of the three break-point opportunities to level the match at a set-all.
The third set was a close fought affair with both teams serving impeccably and not giving any break-point opportunities to each other.
In the end, Bopanna and Qureshi held their nerves to win the tie-break 7-5 and set a second round date with unseeded British duo of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.
As the temperature soared to 41 degree Celsius, the organisers were forced to cancel many matches.
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Radek Stepanek's first round outing was also cancelled. They are scheduled to clash with the Czech pair of Lukas Dlouhy and Lukas Rosol.
"I have played all over the world but today's heat conditions had to be by far the worst ever. Could have easily fried an EGG today on court," Bopanna wrote on his twitter page after the win.
"Think I have aged a few yrs after our win today... Inspite of our interrupted match due to serious serious heat.. @AustralianOpen," read his another tweet.
They next take on the British pair of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.
In the women's doubles, Sania and her veteran partner Black had little trouble in disposing of the local team of Tammi Patterson and Arina Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and seven minutes.
The sixth seeds will now face Romanian-Czech pair Monica Niculescu and Klara Zakopalova in the second round.