Divij Sharan‘s Australian Open 2020 campaign has ended after he suffered a second-round exit in men’s doubles event on Friday. The pair of Artem Sitak of New Zealand and Divij lost 6-7, 3-6 to Bruno Soares and Mate Pavic in an hour and 17 minutes. Also Read - Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic Beats Daniil Medvedev For Record-Extending Ninth Title at Melbourne Park, Wins 18th Grand Slams Title Overall
With his exit, India’s challenge in men’s doubles has ended as Rohan Bopanna and partner Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan had lost to American pair of Bog Bryan and Mike Bryan in three sets in the opening round on Wednesday. Also Read - Australian Open 2021 HIGHLIGHTS FINAL 2021 Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev Live Updates: Djokovic Beats Medvedev in Straight Sets to Win 9th Australian Open Title
Divij had defeated the Portuguese-Spanish duo of Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa in the first round, registering 6-4, 7-5 win. Also Read - Daniil Medvedev Registers Clinical Win Over Stefanos Tsitsipas to Set up Australian Open Title Clash Against Novak Djokovic
On Thursday, Sania Mirza had pulled out, mid-match, from her women’s doubles first-round match due to a calf injury. This after she had a day before announced she wasn’t taking part in the mixed-doubles event as a precautionary measure.
Mirza and her Ukranian partner Nadiia Kichenok were trailing 0-1 in the second set after conceding the first 2-6 against the Chinese pair of Xinyun Han and Lin Zhu. Mirza retired during the second set.
However, Bopanna will now hope to perform better as he is to partner Kichenok in the mixed doubles event.
The Indo-Ukraine pair will face France’s Nicolas Mahut and Zhang Shai of China in the first round on Saturday.