US Open 2016: Sania Mirza- Barbora Strycova face potentially easy opener

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova to open their US Open women's doubles campaign against Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart of America.

Published: August 31, 2016 12:35:23 am

Sania Mirza-m Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova are seeded 7th at the final Slam of the year.

Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova will open their US Open women’s doubles campaign against American pairing of Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart.

Mirza and Strycova are seeded 7th at the final Slam of the year. Should the pair go on in the tournament, they could face the number one seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia of France.

Over on the men’s doubles side of the draw, Rohan Bopanna is playing with Frederik Nielsen in the absence of Florin Mergea and they open against the 16th seeded
Radek Stepanek and Ninad Zimonjic.

In the bottom half of the draw, Leander Paes is teaming up with Germany’s Andre Begemann and they take on Stephane Robert and Dudi Sela in the first round.

Over in mixed doubles, Mirza and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig are top seeded and open against Taylor Townsend and Donald Young. In the same side of the draw are Martina Hingis and Paes who start against Sachia Vickery and Frances Tiafoe of USA. The third Indian in the mixed doubles draw, Bopanna, who is playing with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski, takes on Noah Rubin and Jamie Loeb.

Mirza is teaming up with Strycova for the Slam in Flushing Meadows and they started off well by winning the title in Cincinnati. The Hyderabadi and Hingis had announced their split during the Olympics but they are slated to return to play at the WTA Finals.

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