Sania Mirza News
Indian ace Sania Mirza's final Wimbledon appearance ended in disappointment as she and her Czech partner Lucie Hradecka were eliminated in the opening round with the Polish-Brazilian combination of Magdalena Frech and Beatriz Haddad Maia beating them 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Bopanna and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop marched into the pre-quarterfinals with a straight set win over Andrey Golubev and Fabrice Martin
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Rutuja Bhosale also kept her place in the side while Riya Bhatia replaced Zeel Desai in the squad.
After dominating the first set, Sania Mirza and Lucie Hradecka lost 6-2, 2-6, 7-10 to Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko on Friday night.
Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan were on Thursday included in the core group of athletes till the Hangzhou Asian Games later this year.
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While the announcement was on expected lines, it has still come as a bit of shock for fans who have become used to watching Sania on the WTA tour - first as a singles player and then on the doubles circuit
Mirza on 19 January had announced that she will hang up her racquet at the end of 2022 season as her body was "wearing down" and the motivation and energy for everyday grind was not the same anymore
Mirza, partnering American Rajeev Ram, lost the match 4-6, 6-7 to wildcard entries Fourlis and Kubler in one hour 30 minutes.
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Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin began confidently but lost momentum mid-way to lose 6-3 6-7(2) 2-6 in the opening round that lasted one hour and 48 minutes
There will be no Indian in the singles main draw of the 2022 Australian Open after Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ankita Raina exited in qualifying.
Sania and Ukrainian Nadiia Kichenok, the second seeds, lost the opening round of the WTA 250 event 3-6 3-6 to Czech pair of Tereza Martincova and Marketa Vondrousova in 61 minutes
Sania and Nadiia got the better of their rivals 6-0 1-6 10-5 in a quarterfinal tie that lasted 55 minutes.
Sania Mirza and the pair of Ramanathan and Bopanna emerged victorious in their respective first round matches, albeit in contrasting fashion, in the ATP and WTA tournaments, in Adelaide on Tuesday.
This was Sania's second final of the season, following a runner-up finish at the WTA 250 Cleveland event in the USA last month with Christina McHale.
The 14th seed Indo-Croatian pair won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 over their unseeded rivals in one hour and 56 minutes on Saturday night.
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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.