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Tough second round for Kiwis at US Open

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

Kiwi tennis player Marcus Daniell has advanced to the third round of the US Open, but New Zealanders in two other pairs have stumbled in the second.

Olympian Daniell and American partner Brian Baker dispatched the Indian-Danish pairing of Rohan Bopanana and Frederik Nielsen 6-2, 7-5 (5) in less than 90 minutes in New York on Saturday(NZT).

"We dominated for most of the match and had a chance to put them away at 5-2 in the second set, but they are quality players and punched back," Daniell said.

"It feels great to be in another third round. We'll be comfortable out there this time and we're both pumped to go deeper."

But the pairing of Artem Sitak and Dutchman Robin Haase were less lucky, going down 6-3 6-4 to France's Pierre-Hughues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

"It was a good experience playing against the team which is No.1 in the world," Sitak said.

"I could clearly see what they do well and what got them to the top. I now know what to work on even more. Sometimes a loss like this can prove very valuable."

Also knocked out was New Zealand's Marina Erakovic and Spanish partner Arantxa Parra Santonja, who were beaten by China's Saisai Zheng and Yifan Xu 6-3 7-6 (5) in the women's doubles.

The fourth Kiwi in the doubles, Michael Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic will play fifth seeds Jean-Julian Rojer and Horia Tecau on Sunday in the second round.

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