Rohan Bopanna’s Australian Open campaign ends with straight-sets loss

The quarter-final loss caps off the Indian exodus from the Australian Open.

By Sandeep Banerjee ·

Rohan Bopanna and Nadiia Kichenok’s run in the 2020 Australian Open mixed doubles came to an end on Thursday following a straight-sets defeat in their quarter-final match.

In what was a largely one-sided affair, the Indo-Ukrainian pairing lost 0-6, 2-6 to the Croatian-Czech duo of Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova.

The first set got off to an ominous start as Rohan Bopanna encountered two double-faults in his opening service game and was broken to put his side on the back burner from the outset.

Nikola Mektic successfully held serve before the Indo-Ukrainian duo was broken yet again, as this time, Nadiia Kichenok’s service game was at the receiving end to put her side further behind.

After Barbora Krejcikova too held up her end of the service game, Rohan Bopanna struggled to do the same and his side’s deficit swelled to 0-5.

With another breezy service game from Nikola Mektic, the first set was sealed up in a brisk 20 minutes.

Rohan Bopanna fights back but to no avail

The second set saw Rohan Bopanna hold serve but Nadiia Kichenok failed to hold up her end of the bargain, putting the duo behind 1-2 after the third game.

Rohan Bopanna and Nadiia Kichenok were eliminated from the 2020 Australian Open following a straight-sets quarter-final loss.

It was a pattern that repeated in the pair’s following service games, and they found themselves trailing 2-5 heading into the eighth and final game.

Following yet another smooth service game from Barbora Krejcikova, the Croatian-Czech duo wrapped up the match convincingly to move on to the semi-finals.

What’s next for India?

After Leander Paes and his Latvian partner Jelena Ostapenko’s Australian Open mixed doubles challenge came to an end in the second round of the tournament on Tuesday, Rohan Bopanna was the last man standing for India.

However, with the 2020 Tata Maharashtra Open — South Asia's only ATP Tour Tournament — set to get underway in Pune on Sunday, February 2, it won’t be long before the nation’s fans will get to watch their countrymen in action once again.

With the likes of Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Rohan Bopanna highlighting a stout local presence, the tournament will be one to watch as India’s tennis aces gear up for Tokyo 2020.