Cincinnati Masters: Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna bow out from women's and men's doubles respectively
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna bowed out of the Cincinnati Masters after losing their semi-final and quarter-final with respective partners in the women's and men's doubles.
Cincinnati: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna bowed out of the Cincinnati Masters after losing their semi-final and quarter-final with respective partners in the women's and men's doubles.
Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost 1-6 7-6 7-10 to second seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo in an enthralling three-setter quarterfinal that lasted one hour and 36 minutes.
In the WTA event, being run simultaneously, Sania Mirza and Peng Shuai lost to Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan and Monica Niculescu of Romania 4-6 6-7 in the women's doubles semifinal lasting one hour and 33 minutes.
The Indo-Chinese duo were found wanting in the first set but made amends later on, forcing the second set into a tiebreaker. However, Niculescu and Su-Wei were up to the task and did not allow the match to go to the decider.
In the men's singles, Ramkumar Ramanathan had lost in the second round while Leander Paes and his partner Alexander Zverev had exited in the first round itself in the men's doubles.
World number one Djokovic had earlier seen his Golden Grand Slam bid ended by a singles semi-final defeat by Alexander Zverev.
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Sania and Raina were running away with the contest after bageling their opponents but in a dramatic turnaround, the Kichenok sisters came back from the dead to pull off a 0-6 7-6(0) 10-8 win at court 11 of Ariake Tennis Centre.