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Peya/Soares Tested In Wimbledon Opener

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Qureshi, Bopanna© Getty ImagesAisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna enjoy a straight-sets win in their Wimbledon opener.

Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares came through a first-round test at Wimbledon, overcoming Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday.

The Austrian-Brazilian duo had reached two straight grass-court finals ahead of Wimbledon, claiming the Queen’s Club title and finishing runners-up at Eastbourne.

Fourth seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, making their first appearance as Grand Slam champions, also needed to rally for a five-set victory. The reigning Roland Garros champions prevailed 6-3, 6-7(1), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Daniele Bracciali and Jonathan Erlich.

Fellow Frenchmen, 12th-seeded Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut, enjoyed a more comfortable win, defeating Argentines Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, the No. 5 seeds and 2013 semi-finalists, closed out a 6-2, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 victory over Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Rajeev Ram. Eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, meanwhile, defeated Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin 7-6(9), 7-6(8), 6-3.

Former Wimbledon doubles finalist Julian Knowle teamed up with Brazilian Marcelo Melo to defeat Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

The British pairing of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins bowed out against No. 16 seeds Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2). Countryman Jonathan Marray, who claimed the Wimbledon doubles title two years ago with Frederik Nielsen, joined forces with Australian John-Patrick Smith and defeated Andreas Siljestrom and Igor Zelenay 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

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