It was a mixed day for India at the Australian Open 2020 with Divij Sharan starting his campaign with a win while veteran Rohan Bopanna‘s exiting in the opening round. Also Read - Australian Open 2021: Ankita Raina's Maiden Grand Slam Stint Ends in First Round
Partnering New Zealand’s Artem Sitak, Divij defeated the Portuguese-Spanish duo of Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa to enter the second round. The contest lasted an hour and 28 minutes with the Indo-Kiwi pair pocketing it in two sets 6-4, 7-5. Also Read - Australian Open 2021: Rohan Bopanna-Ben McLachlan Exit in First Round of Men's Doubles
However, Rohan Bopanna and partner Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan lost to American pair of Bog Bryan and Mike Bryan in three sets. Bopanna-Uchiyama gave it their all in what turned out to be an absorbing contest against the Bryan brothers but lost it 1-6, 6-3, 3-6. Their fight lasted one hour and 17 minutes. Also Read - Prajnesh Gunneswaran to Divij Sharan - Indian Tennis Players Talk on COVID-19 Outbreak: Not Just Money, We Are Losing Time Too
Divij-Artem will next lock horns with the winner of Friday’s contest between Mate Pavic-Bruno Soares and Ben Molachlan-Luke Bambridge.
However, Bopanna is still not out of the year’s first gland slam event.
He’ll be partnering countrymate Sania Mirza in the mixed-doubles event.
Sania is on a comeback trail having recently made a winning return to WTA circuit winning the women’s doubles title at the Hobart International with partner Nadiia Kichenok.