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Paes bows out of US Open, Bhupathi loses too

Paes and Navratilova posed a tough challenge but bowed out in the mixed doubles quarterfinal at the US Open.

india Updated: Sep 06, 2005 19:33 IST

Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova posed a tough challenge but bowed out in the mixed doubles quarterfinal at the US Open Grand Slam Tennis tournament.

Seventh seeded Paes and Navratilova faltered against Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and of Slovakia's Katarina Srebotnik in a three setter 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (11/9).

With the defeat, Paes ended his challenge in the fourth and final major of the year. The Indian Davis Cup captain, paired with Zimonjic, had already bowed out in the first round of the men's doubles.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Martin Damm of Czech Republic also had a disappointing day in office as they crashed out in the men's doubles pre-quarterfinals on Monday.

Seventh seeded Bhupathi and Damm lost 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6 to ninth seeds Simon Aspelin of Sweden and Todd Perry of Australia in the third round on Monday.

The Indo-Czech duo had defeated Croatian pair of Mario Ancic and Ivan Ljubicic in the second round.

However, Bhupathi is still in contention in the mixed doubles event where he is playing alongside Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

The unseeded duo are slated to play fifth seeded Japanese Ai Sugiyama and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in the quarter finals.

They had upset Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Lisa Raymond of USA 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to advanced to the last eight stage.

First Published: Sep 06, 2005 19:33 IST