Miami: Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza has started off the Sony Ericsson Open at Miami in a splendid fashion as the Indian tennis starts won their first round games with ease against higher ranked opponents.

Ranked 73, Somdev beat world number 47 Potito Starace of Italy 6-2 6-4 in his opening round of the ATP Masters event.

Qualifier Sania, ranked 99, defeated Spanish world number 62 Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2 6-4 in WTA premier event.

Sania is up against 24th seed Russian Maria Kirilenko and will have to raise her game.

Somdev will take on Canadian world number 34 Milos Raonic, seeded 31, in his second round and if he manages to get past him, he could have a match against world number six David Ferrer in the third round.

(Agencies)