Paes-Dlouhy advance to second round

Paris, May 28 (IANS) India’s Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic advanced to the doubles second round with a hard fought victory over Sweden’s Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherland Antilles in the French Open.

Defending champions Paes and Dlouhy, seeded third, battled past Brunstrom and Rojer 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5 in a rain-affected contest that lasted over two hours Thursday.

The Indo-Czech pair will next meet the winner of the match between German Philipp Marx/Slovak Igor Zelenay and Swiss Yves Allegro/German Andreas Beck.