Indians go down in Australian Open
Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) The Indian campaign in the Australian OPEN ended Friday as Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Saina Mirza lost their doubles matches with their respective partners in the second round at the Melbourne Park here.
The Indo-South African pair of Paes and Raven Klaasen lost 6-2, 4-6, 1-6 to Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, while Bopanna and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor went down 5-7, 3-6 to American Feliciano Lopez and Belarusian Max Mirnyi.
In the women’s doubles contest, Sania and Chinese Taiei’s Hsieh Su-wei lost 6-7 (5), 4-6 against Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and Polish Alicja Rosolska.
Paes-Klaasen had a started the match well, winning the first set and hit 29 WINNERS bu that wasn’t enough as Bolelli-Fognini outhit them with 31 WINNERS. The Indo-South African pair made 21 unforced errors as compared to 22 by their opponents.
Bopanna-Nestor pair scored 25 WINNERS as compared to 33 by Lopez-Mirnyi. The Indo-Canadian pair made 10 unforced errors against Lopez-Mirnyi, who made 12 unforced errors.
The Indo-Chinese Taipei pair of Sania and Su-Wei scored only 29 winners as compared to 45 fired by Dabrowski and Rosolska, who also made 23 unforced errors while Sania-Su-Wei did 18 unforced errors.