Funny it might sound, but Indian tennis aces Leander Paes and Sania Mirza will hit the court together at the Australian Open today, albeit against each other in the mixed doubles category.
Sania, along with her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig edged past the unseeded Kazakh-Pakistani duo of Yaroslava Shvedova and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-5 6-2 earlier in the tournament.
On the other hand, Paes and Sania’s women’s doubles partner Martina Hingis thrashed the American-Dutch pair of Sloane Stephens and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-1 6-2.
Now Sania and Paes find themselves pitted against each other in the mixed doubles quarterfinals.
Sania, along with Hingis, seeded No. 1 in women’s doubles, survived a mid-match slump earlier to beat the 12th seeded German-American combine of Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Coco Vandeweghe 6-2 4-6 6-1.
The duo, who are on a record winning streak, will next face the 13th seeded German-Czech pair of Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova.