Bhupathi-Mirnyi crashes out of men’s doubles

London: Indian ace Mahesh Bhupathi and his Belarussian partner Max Mirnyi crashed out of the Wimbledon after a shock defeat at the hands of Robert Lindsted of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania in the men’s doubles third round here.
The fourth-seeded Indo-Belarussian duo lost 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-7(6-10) 6-8 to their 16th-seeded opponents in a third round match on Monday night.

With the exit of Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna remained the only Indian in fray in the doubles competition. Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi had stormed into the quarterfinals after a 7-5 7-6(7-4) 6-2 victory over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy had crashed out of the doubles event in the second round while Somdev Devvarman and Treat Conrad Huey of Philippines had lost in the opening round to Bopanna and Qureshi.

In mix doubles, Leander Paes remains the only Indian in fray. He and his Zimbabwean partner Cara Black take on Igor Zelenay of Slovakia and Alicja Rosolska of Poland in the third round.

Bhupathi and his American partner Liezel Huber had crashed out of the mixed doubles competition in the second round while the combination of Bopanna and Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova exited in the first round.(PTI)

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