Sports: Sania Mirza, Leander Paes lose in US Open doubles
The Indians had a disappointing outing in the US Open with both Leander Paes and Sania Mirza losing their doubles matches with their respective partners, PTI reports.
Mixed doubles defending champions Sania and Bruno Soares lost 3-6, 3-6 to Czech Republic’s Andrea Hlavackova Lukasz Kubot in a first round contest lasting 65 minutes.
Earlier in the day yesterday, Leander Paes and Fernando Verdasco lost their second round match 5-7, 6-4, 3-6 to unseeded American giant-killing pair of Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey.
Paes and his Spanish partner Verdasco got the better of Germans Florian Mayer and Frank Moder 6-2 6-3 in the opening round of the men’s doubles competition.
In women’s doubles, the top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair of Sania and Martina Hingis is scheduled to take on Swiss Timea Bacsinszky and her Taipei partner Chia-Jung Chuang in the second round.
The pair dispatched the Americans Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.
However, the hot favourites lost their service twice in the 56-minute contest in which they broke their rivals seven times.