With all the Indian men’s and women’s doubles teams eliminated from the Games, Paes and Mirza are their country’s last hope of a medal and they remain in the hunt after a comfortable first round win on Court 14 at Wimbledon.
The Indian pair dominated the proceedings from the start as they first broke opponent’s serve in the third game but the Serbians broke back to get scores levelled at 2-2.
However both Zimonjic and Ivanovic’s serve was broken once each in the fifth and seventh game of the first set respectively before the winners closed out the set at 6-2.
The first set was played for merely 26 minutes.
Paes-Mirza got an all-important break in the very first game of the second set and then held their serves to win the match in the 10th game.
Paes was as usual amazing at the net with timely anticipations but credit should also be given to Sania for hitting some fantastic winners including a few booming forehand returns and some lovely down the line shots.
Next up for Paes and Mirza is a quarter-final clash against Belarusian top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.
The Indian pair are playing together in controversial circumstances after Paes demanded an assurance that only he would be paired with Mirza, rather than Mahesh Bhupathi or Rohan Bopanna, following the row over Bhupathi’s refusal to play with Paes in the men’s doubles.
Mirza previously admitted she was uncomfortable at being used as bait to keep Paes happy after winning two Grand Slam titles with Bhupathi.