Paes-Zemonjic knocked out of US Open
But Paes' loss was offset by the progress of Bhupathi and Damm who breezed past Monfils and Saulnier.india Updated: Sep 01, 2005 19:28 IST
India's Leander Paes and his Serbian partner Nenad Zemonjic were knocked out in the first round of the men's doubles at the US Open Grand Slam.
Paes and Zemonjic, seeded five, were shocked by home pair Jeff Morrison and Amer Delic 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/2) in a tight match on Thursday.
There was little to separate between the two teams but the Americans came up with winners -- 29 in all as against 10 from Paes and Zimonjic -- when it mattered to emerge winners after an hour and 24 minutes.
But Paes' loss was offset by the progress of Mahesh Bhupathi and Martin Damm who breezed past Gael Monfils and Cyril Saulnier of France 6-1 6-3.
Both Paes and Bhupathi were set to play their first round match in mixed doubles later on Thursday. Paes is paired with the 48-year old legend Martina Navratilova and Bhupathi with Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.
Also in action would be Sania Mirza, in the women's doubles with Bryanne Stewart of Australia against Emilie Loit of France and Nicole Pratt of Australia.