Both Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost their respective doubles matches within the span of an hour.
After winning a thrilling Dubai Tennis Championship first-round encounter, Sania Mirza and doubles partner Caroline Garcia fell short in their second-round match against higher seed, Zheng Saisai and Barbara Krejcikova, 2-6, 4-6.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna played out another close encounter at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille, losing out in a super tie break. Partnering Denis Shopovalov, the Indo-Canadian duo lost out to Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen and Germany’s Tim Putz, 5-7, 7-6, 8-10.
Incidentally, Sania Mirza and co. advanced to the Dubai Tennis Championship pre-quarters after winning a super tie-break against Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
But on Wednesday, the Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia looked largely off-colour against the fifth seeds, in a match that lasted for just over the hour mark.
Though the Indo-French duo began on a bright note by breaking their opponent’s serve in the opening game, the two couldn’t consolidate the same as the fifth seeds came back into the match soon after.
Saisai and Krejcikova were not to stop there as they managed a break soon after to take a 2-1 lead in the opening set. That’s how it stayed till the end as the fifth seeds took the set 6-4 to get their noses ahead in the tie.
The second set saw Saisai and Krejcikova go for the kill from the very beginning as they barely let Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia any time to react, intercepting the rallies in time to pocket three breaks first up.
With the scoreboard reading 5-1 by the time Sania Mirza and Caroline Garcia could manage a hold of the game, the match was all but done and Saisai ensured there were no hiccups from her end as she took the final game of the match in no time to advance further in the competition.
Meanwhile, in Marseille, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shopovalov had themselves to blame as they lost a closely fought tie against Nielsen and Putz at the Open 13 Provence ATP 250 event.
Having lost the opening set by conceding the serve in the decisive game to the Danish-German duo, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shopovalov were at their attacking best in the second as they took the game their opponents, forcing them into committing errors.
The change in tactics soon paid dividends as they forced a tie-breaker. Keeping their composure under pressure, Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shopovalov ensured there were no let-ups as they took the second set to push the match into a super tie-breaker.
With the momentum by their side, the Indo-Candian pair was expected to get through the final points. However, it was not to be as Nielsen and Putz stuck to their game to win the match 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-8.