Sania Mirza is ready for the upcoming Australian Open.© AFP
Veteran Indian tennis players Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, who had good runs on the pro circuit last week, crashed out of the second Adelaide ATP and WTA events on Tuesday after losing their respective partners in the first round. Second-seeded Sania and Ukraine’s Nadia Kichenok went down in the opening round of the WTA 250 event to Czech pair of Tereja Martinkova and Marka Vondrosova in 61 minutes. They reached the semi-finals last week.
In the men’s event, Bopanna and his French teammate Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost their first round 4-6 6-3 3-10 in 69 minutes to Americans Steve Johnson and Austin Kreijsek, who served very well and smartly. returned.
Bopanna had won the men’s doubles title with compatriot Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Bopanna made a lot of mistakes in the super tie-breaker, going 1-6 behind, from where it was extremely difficult to make a comeback.
Both Bopanna and Sania will now play in the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open.
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