Sania-Bhupathi crash out of Wimbledon

French Open champions Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza crashed out of the Wimbledon with a crushing straight-set defeat to Australian P. Hanley and Russia’s A. Kudryavtseva in the second round of the mixed doubles competition in Wimbledon on Saturday.

The fifth seeded Indian combo, who had clinched their second Grand Slam title together earlier this month, suffered a 3-6 1-6 defeat to the unseeded pair in a 50-minute match at the All England Club.

Bhupathi and Sania won the French Open recently. AFP

Bhupathi and Sania won the French Open recently. AFP

The Australian-Russian combo sent down six aces and also broke the Indian pair four times out of the seven chances that came their way. In comparison, Sania and Bhupathi failed to create any opportunity and also had three double faults and four unforced errors.

The Indians, who would not be playing together in next month’s London Olympics after the All India Tennis Association (AITA) paired Sania with Leander Paes in mixed doubles, were better than their rivals in their first serve but they failed miserably in the second in the opening set.

In the second set, Sania and Bhupathi looked lacklustre as Hanley and Kudryavtseva sent down four aces and pushed the Indians to commit unforced errors and sealed the match comfortably.

The winners also broke the Indians thrice out of the six chances in the second set.

PTI