LONDON, Great Britain - Former champion Sania Mirza set a date with the woman she won the title with at Wimbledon on Saturday, as she and Kirsten Flipkens edged Brits Naomi Broady and Heather Watson, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round.
Mirza won the 2015 title with Martina Hingis - one of three Grand Slams and 14 titles that the pair won together before splitting last year, and she and Flipkens will face Hingis and Chan Yung-jan for a spot in the quarterfinals in week two.
The duo led four seeded teams into the third round on Saturday, as No.7 seeds Julia Goerges and Babora Strycova - who had a marathon opener that went across two days and to 12-10 in the decider, eased past Shuko Aoyama and Yang Zhaoxuan, 6-4. 6-2.
Two seeded teams advanced in three sets, as No.5 seeds Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova dropped a middle tiebreak before rolling in the decider over Andrea Petkovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1, while No.4 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Timea Babos led by a set and a break, but eventually needed a decided to defeat Lesley Kerkhove and Lidziya Marozava, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
The breakout team of Ana Konjuh and Beatriz Haddad Maia continued their marathon run through the draw with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over Lara Arruabarrena and Arantxa Parra Santonja.
Konjuh, who won lengthy three-setters in singles and mixed doubles yesterday, has played nine sets of tennis in two days - and she and the Brazilian also upset the No.6 seeds Abigail Spears and Katarina Srebotnik in a marathon first round earlier in the week.
Rounding out the day with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Aleksandra Krunic and Kateryna Bondarenko was the teenaged duo of Marketa Vondrousova and CiCi Bellis, while Makoto Nimomiya and Renata Voracova dashed Birtish hopes with a two-set win over Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson, 6-4, 7-6(4).
Bellis and Vondrousova, who won the prestigioud Orange Bowl together in juniors in 2014 and are playing together for the first time on the senior circuit, will face Lesia Tsurenko and Lydumyla Kichenok in an opportunity for both teams to reach the quarterfinals.
The Ukrainian duo received a walkover from top seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, after the former suffered a dislocated patella and ruptured pattella tendon in Thursday's singles match.
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