Casey and Ash see off Hingis and Lisicki

Australian duo Ash Barty and Casey Dellacqua have survived a tough first round doubles match against talented wildcard pairing Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

Barty and Dellacqua, the seventh seeds at Indian Wells, recovered from a deficit in the opening set and clawed their way back from 4-2 down in the second to lead 5-4.

But the coach-protege pairing of Hingis and Lisicki came roaring back, storming through the second set tiebreak without the loss of a point and sending the match to a decisive match tiebreak.

This was where Barty and Dellacqua’s greater experience as a duo shone through.

Finalists at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 2013, the Aussie pair held firm to run out 6-4 6-7(0) [10-6] winners to advance to the second round.

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