Melbourne, January 23: Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis stormed into the quarterfinals of the Mixed Doubles of Australian Open on Monday. The Indo-Swiss pair defeated Australian pair Casey Dellacqua and Matt Reid by 6-2, 6-3 in a match lasting 54 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.
Paes and Hingis served six aces to their opponents' four and converted all three of the break point opportunities in the match. Dellacqua and Reid had two break point opportunities but failed to convert either of them.
The Australian team was also very loose in the second set of the match, managing to win just 39 percent of points on their second serve. In contrast Paes and Hingis won 71 percent of points on their second serve. Leander-Hingis defeated another Australian pair -- Destanee Aiava and Marc Polmans -- in the first round, hit 21 winners. Dellacqua and Reid weren't far behind with 19 winners but their downfall was the 13 unforced errors they committed.
In contrast, Paes and Hingis made just six unforced errors in the entire match, winning 55 points in total. Paes and Hingis will next play the winner of the match between Australian pair Samantha Stosur, Sam Groth and Croatian-Dutch team of Darija Jurak and Jean-Julien Rojer.
On the other side, world No 2 Serena Williams also stormed into the quarter-finals of Women's Singles with the straight-sets 7-5, 6-4 win over 16th seed Czech Barbora Strycova. She will meet Johanna Konta in the quarter-final.
In Men's Doubles, American duo Bob and Mike Bryan outclassed unseeded pair of Brian Baker from the US and Nikola Mektic from Croatia 6-3, 7-6 to reach quarter-finals
Earlier, top seed in the Women's Singles, Angelique Kerber has been knocked out in the fourth round. Te German, who was the defending champion, was stunned by an unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe, in straight sets 2-6, 3-6.