Cara, Mirza through at Aussie Open

HARARE - Cara Black and Sania Mirza coasted through the first round of the Australian Open women's doubles in Melbourne yesterday after making light work of Australian pair Tammi Patterson and Arina Rodionova.

The Indo-Zimbabwean pair dominated their Australian opponents winning 6-1, 6-4 in an hour and seven minutes to move into the second round of the Grand Slam tournament.

The sixth seeded pair will now face the winner of the match between Monica Niculescu/Klara Zakapalova and Irini-Camelia Begu/Sorana Cristea in the second round.

In a very one-sided first set, the Australian pair only managed to take six points of the Indo-Zimbabwean pair’s service games.

The Australian duo found themselves in further trouble after sending down four double faults to help the seeded pair take full control of the first set.

The Australian pair, however, took an early lead in the second set, breaking serve, and going 3-1 up.

But, they lost their next three service games to take the sting out of their composure and eventually lose the set and match to Mirza and Black.

The seeded pair will aim to build on their good start to the tournament as they continue to recover from their shock first round exit at the WTA Apia International earlier this month.

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