Paes, Bopanna Sania Mirza lose at Wimbledon

London, July 4 (IANS) It was a bad day for Indians at the Wimbledon as Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza lost their respective matches here Thursday.

While Paes and Bopanna lost their men's doubles semi-final matches, Sania Mirza went out of the mixed doubles at the quarter-final stage.

Bopanna and French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin lost a five-set battle to top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan of the US on the lone grass court major. The 14th seeds lost 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-6, 7-5, 3-6 in two hours and 48 minutes on Court No.1.

This was Bopanna's best ever outing at the Wimbledon, having reached the quarter-final previously in 2010.

Meanwhile on Court No.2, fourth seeded veterans Paes with Czech partner Radek Stepanek also lost a five-setter to Croat-Brazilian pairing Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. The 12th seeds won 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 55 minutes.

This was Paes' best outing at the Wimbledon men's doubles since 2008, when he reached the semi-finals as well. The experienced Indian won the title way back in 1999 with Mahesh Bhupathi.

Mirza, India's only female representative, also lost in the mixed battle.

Eighth seeded Canadian-French pair Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic upset second seeds Horia Tecau of Romania and Sania Mirza 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in one hour and 46 minutes. Sania Mirza equalled her best performance here in mixed doubles. Her previous best was the last eight stage in 2011.


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