US Open 2021: India’s Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna in fray for doubles glory

Bopanna-Dodig are seeded No. 13 in men’s doubles, while Sania Mirza-Vandeweghe are unseeded in women’s doubles.

By Abhishek Purohit
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Sania Mirza and her American tennis partner Coco Vandeweghe have been drawn to face No. 12 seeds Nadiia Kichenok of Ukraine and Raluce Olaru of Romania in the first round of the US Open 2021 women’s doubles.

In the men’s doubles, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig will take on the Australian pair of Jordan Thompson and James Duckworth in the first round.

Sixty-four pairs each will be in action in the men’s and women’s doubles events at the US Open tennis. 

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic of Croatia are the top seeds in men’s doubles, while Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Elise Mertens of Belgium are seeded No. 1 in women’s doubles. 

The doubles action at Flushing Meadows begins on Wednesday.

Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig have been seeded 13th at the US Open and are in the top half of the men’s doubles draw. If both pairs make it that far, Bopanna-Dodig are set to clash with the No. 4 seeds Rajeev Ram of the USA and Joe Salisbury of the UK in the third round.

Bopanna and Dodig had lost to Ram and Salisbury in the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open earlier this month.

After that, Bopanna and Dodig played the Cincinnati Masters, where they went down in the opening Round of 32 to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia and Fabrice Martin of France. 

In early August, the duo also lost in the opening Round of 16 match at the Washington Open by Frances Tiafoe of the USA and Nick Kyrgios of Australia.

Sania Mirza and Coco Vandeweghe – the 2017 Australian Open and US Open women’s singles semi-finalist – are in the bottom half of the US Open women’s doubles draw. They could face No. 7 seeds Alexa Guarachi of Chile and Desirae Krawczyk of the USA in the third round.

Sania Mirza had made the final of the Cleveland Championships along with another American Christina McHale. The pair lost to Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara of Japan on Sunday.

Before that, Sania Mirza and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur had lost in the opening Round of 32 match at the Cincinnati Masters to Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan.