Madrid: Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands advanced to the next round at the Mutua Madrid Open with a three-set win over Daniela Hantuchova and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

The Indo-American pair have been in terrific form this year, winning Premier-level titles in Brisbane and Dubai and finishing runners-up in Stuttgart.

The duo were down a break in the first set at 4-3, 5-4 and 6-5 yet broke serve each time en route to a tie-break, which they won comfortably. After dropping the second set, Mattek-Sands and Mirza rallied back and went on to win 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-4 on Monday.

"We've had a great year so far," Mattek-Sands was quoted as saying in the WTA website. "We're best friends and that helps a lot." "We've been doing well this year," Mirza said.

“It was a good win, especially against such a good team in the first round," she added.

The only other seeds in action, No.7 seeds Zhang Shuai and Zheng Jie, went down at the hands of Kristina Mladenovic and Galina Voskoboeva, 6-4, 6-1.

(Agencies)

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