Veteran Indian star Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the men’s doubles competition after losing their respective matches but Sania Mirza made an assured start to her mixed doubles journey at the US Open tennis tournament.
The Indo-German pair of Paes and Andre Begemann fought hard before going down 6-2, 5-7, 4-6 in an hour and 59 minutes in the first round against Stephane Robert of France and Dudi Sela of Israel here on Friday. Bopanna and his Danish partner, Frederik Nielsen, went down to American Brian Baker and New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Later in the day, mixed doubles top seeds, Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig, completed a 6-4, 6-4 win against unseeded Americans, Taylor Townsend and Donald Young at Court P6. The Indo-Croatian pair need an hour and two minutes to advance to the next round, winning 67 of the 118 points.
Baker-Daniell converted two of the four break points against Bopanna-Nielsen to comfortably pocket the first set. They maintained their ascendancy in the second with an early break for a 4-2 lead. They were, however, broken while serving for the match at 5-3 and the Indo-Danish duo squared the set 5-5.
Bopanna and Nielsen forced the tie-breaker and began well, leading it 3-0. But they lost a series of points to lose it 5-7. Paes and Begemann were off to a superb start, breaking their opponents in the first game. Another break in the fifth, gave them a 4-1 lead and the pair went on to take the first set.
They started the second similarly, breaking in the third game for a 2-1 lead. The duo, however, couldn't serve out the match at 5-4. Robert and Sela came back incredibly to win the match. They will now take on Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Alexander Peya of Austria in the second round.