After Mirza exit, Bopanna-Radionova crash out of Wimbledon mixed doubles

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2016 10:16 IST
Rohan Bopanna talks to playing partner Anastasia Rodionova during their mixed doubles match against Juan-Sebastian Cabal of Colombia and Maraiana Duque-Marino of Colombia on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. (AP Photo)

It was curtains for India’s Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in their respective mixed doubles encounters on Tuesday. Bopanna and his Australian partner Anastasia Rodionova, seeded 13th, lost their third-round clash 5-7, 3-6 to the Colombian combine of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Mariana Duque.

The top seeded Indo-Croatian combo of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig too bowed out after losing to unseeded British duo of Neal Skupski and Anna Smith 6-4 3-6 5-7 in a match that lasted over two hours. Both pairs traded a couple of breaks in the first set before the top seeds got a third break, which enabled them to close the set at 6-4.

Sania and Dodig looked on course for a victory but Neal and Anna earned a a break and won the second set 6-3. The Indo-Croat pair had problem with their second serve and their success rate was a mere 38%.

In the girls’ event, India’s Karman Kaur Thandi’s poor show at the junior Grand Slams continued as Mariam Bolkvadze of Georgia won her second round match 4-6 6-2 6-2 in a little over two hours. Thandi had previously lost in the first round at the French Open.

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