New Delhi: India’s Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan lost their respective third round matches in men’s doubles competition of the ongoing Australian Open thus ending the nation’s hopes of winning a medal in the mentioned category as on Sunday, Leander Paes and Purav Raja had bowed out in straight sets. Also Read - Prajnesh Gunneswaran to Divij Sharan - Indian Tennis Players Talk on COVID-19 Outbreak: Not Just Money, We Are Losing Time Too
Playing with their respective partners, Sharan and Bopanna managed to take the matches to the third set but weren’t able to extend their stay in the draw. Also Read - Long Break From The Tour Could Prove to be Detrimental: Divij Sharan
Bopanna, who paired with Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, lost to Oliver Marach of Austria and Croatia’s Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6, (7-5) 3-6 at Melbourne Park. The contest lasted a little over two hours and saw the Indo-French combo convert one out of two break point chances, while their opponents converted three out of 12 break points. Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin had two aces compared to their opponents’ seven. Also Read - Davis Cup Qualifiers: India Lose 1-3 to Croatia After Sumit Nagal Crushed by Marin Cilic
Earlier in the day, Sharan and his partner Rajeev Ram from the US suffered a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 4-6 defeat at the hands of top seeds Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Brazil’s world number one Marcelo Melo.
The contest lasted two hours and 12 minutes and saw Sharan and Ram convert two of six break point opportunities. Kubot and Melo converted two out of four break points.
On Sunday, Paes and Raja were convincingly swept aside by Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 1-6, 2-6 in just an hour and nine minutes.
India’s hopes now rest in the mixed doubles draw with sole representation by Bopanna. Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos are in the second round after beating Ellen Perez and Andrew Whittington in the opening round. (With IANS inputs)