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Sania-Molik bow out

Mahesh Bhupathi was the lone bright spot for India at the Australian Open as other contenders, including Sania Mirza, bite dust in various events.

sports Updated: Jan 21, 2008 20:33 IST

Mahesh Bhupathi was the lone bright spot for India at the Australian Open on Monday as other contenders from the country, including Sania Mirza, bite dust in various events.

In a third round match, sixth-seeded Bhupathi and his Bahamian partner Mark Knowles defeated 11th-seeded Polish duo of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-3 6-2 to move into the quarterfinals of the men's doubles event.

In the last-eight pairs clash, Bhupathi and Knowles will meet top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the USA. The Bryan brothers beat the French pair of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-4.

However, the other Indians in fray were shown the door.

The sixth seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Australian Alicia Molik crashed out of the tournament after suffering a straight set defeat in the women's doubles third round match.

The Indo-Australian team lost 5-7 3-6 against the 12th seeded combine of Shahar Peer of Israel and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Sania has already bowed out of the singles competition after going down to eighth seed and Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the third round.

Davis Cup captain Leander Paes and Agnes Szavay of Hungary gave walk-over to Chuang Chia-jung of Taiwan and Israel's Jonathan Erlich in the mixed doubles second round.

In another third round men's doubles encounter, the Indo-US duo of Rohan Bopanna and Rajeev Ram went down fighting to Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie of South Africa 3-6 6-4 6-3.

The Indian combine of Yuki Bhambri and Karunuday Singh gave a tough fight to the Australian pair of Jarryd Chaplin and Jake Eames before losing 6-3 7-6 (0) in a boys' doubles first round clash.

Also making first round exit were Poojashree Venkatesh and Janaki Gunuganti, who meekly surrendered to third seed pair of Tyra Calderwood and Nikola Hofmanova 2-6 2-6 to end their doubles campaign in the girls' event.

Poojashree also crashed out of singles event after her 1-6 5-7 lose against Hofmanova in the first round.

Janaki's campaign in the singles had met with the same fate, on Sunday.