India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Darija Jurak Schreiber made a first-round exit from the Australian Open mixed doubles tennis event after losing to Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev and Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Kichenok here on Saturday.
The Bopanna-Schreiber duo lost 6-1 4-6 9-11 in one hour and three minutes.
Wit Exit of Rohan Bopanna , only person in the fray is Sania Mirza with her American Partner. She previously announced her retirement by the end of this season.
Bopanna and Schrieber came out with intent and won the first set 6-1 after making just one unforced error while converting two of the three breakpoints.
However, Golubev-Kichenok came back strong and took a 4-2 lead in the second set.
Bopanna and Schrieber were broken thrice in the second set with the Indian dropping serve for the first time to concede a 2-4 lead.
Bopanna and Schrieber bagged the next two games but Golubev and Kichenok took the set 6-4, taking the match into the super tiebreaker.
Bopanna and Schrieber were leading 9-6 in the decider but Golubev and Kichenok sealed it in their favour after saving three match points and converting their own.
Sania Mirza, who progressed to the mixed doubles second round with her American partner Rajeev Ram, is the only Indian remaining in fray in the season’s first Grand Slam.
This Australian Grand slam remained buzzing and hissing since it was commenced. Novak Djokovic first announced his exemption, then he landed and celled, followed by his legal suit in court and denial of his entry in the court brought not-so-good fame to the season’s first Grand slam. Despite that game took its pace and several stalwarts have exited facing defeat in the game. Even after being deported home, Novak Djokovic has been alarmed bt French Open Authority, French sports ministry that No Vaccine means No French open.
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