Sania Mirza started her Australian Open campaign with a win by pairing with Barbora Strycova. The duo on Wednesday defeated British pair of Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith 6-3, 6-1 in their first round match in Melbourne. Also Read - Tennis | Sania Mirza Returns to WTA Circuit With a Win in Qatar Open

The Indo-Czech pair didn’t had much of a trouble before outplaying their opponents in one hour. Also Read: Rohan Bopanna moves into Australian Open second round Also Read - Australian Open 2021: Ankita Raina Becomes Fifth Indian Woman Player to Feature in Grand Slam Main Draw

The fourth seed pair will next play the winners of the first round match between the Australian pair of Kimberly Birrell-Priscilla Hon and the Aussie-China team of Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang. Also Read - It's a Girl For Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli! From Alia Bhatt To Sania Mirza, Celebs Pour In Their Congratulations!

The duo did not face a single break point in the first set, winning 38 points to 32 to take the crucial lead. In the second set, Rae-Smith broke the service of Sania and Barbora once but it was the latter who dominated after that, winning four out of seven break points.

Earlier in the day, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay entered the second round in men’s doubles event. The duo defeated Argentinian pair of Thomaz Belluci of Brazil and Maximo Gonzalez in straight sets.