The 14th seed Indo-Croatian pair won 6-3 4-6 6-4 over their unseeded rivals in one hour and 56 minutes on Saturday night.
Expectedly, all top three singles players of the country -- Prajnesh Gunneswaran (ranked 158), Sumit Nagal (159) and Ramkumar Ramanathan (204) -- have been picked for the September 17-18 tie
AITA also released its complete correspondence with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) concerning the qualification of India's men doubles team for the Tokyo Olympics.
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The Indian duo defeated Britain's pair of Aidan McHugh and Emily Webley-Smith 6-3, 6-1 to enter the next round of the tournament.
Mirza, who has returned to grass court Grand Slam after three years, and Mattek-Sands lost 4-6 3-6 to the Russian pair of Elena Vesnina and Veronika Kudermetova in one hour and 28 minutes.
Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza defeated the brand new combination of Ramkaumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina in the first round
Sania will pair up with Rohan Bopanna while Ankita will join hands with Ramkumar Ramanathan to compete in the first round of the tournament.
It was expected that with a low combined ranking of 113, Bopanna (38) and left-handed Sharan's (75) entry would depend only on large scale withdrawals.
This was the 41-year-old Bopanna's first win on the ATP tour in 2021.
The ATP 500 tournament starts on March 15. The duo had a successful run more than a decade ago when they won five titles together.
Nagal, India's second-highest ranked men's singles player, lost 2-6, 5-7, 3-6 to Berankis in a match that lasted two hours and six minutes at Court 17.
He said it is important for a player to remain focused. “Once the tournament starts, a player has to come out of the comfort zone before getting into the playing mood.’’
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