Paes-Stosur crash out of Australian Open

Leander Paes made a first round exit in the men’s doubles event earlier in the tournament.

Leander Paes and Samantha Stosur in action during the match against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah.   -  REUTERS

Veteran Leander Paes and his partner Samantha Stosur suffered a second round defeat in the mixed doubles event, ending India’s campaign at the Australian Open here Tuesday.

The unseeded pair of Paes and Stosur won the first set 6-4 against Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah but conceded the second set with the same scoreline.

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The third set went into tiebreak with the fifth seed German-Colombian duo emerging victorious 10-8.

Paes and Stosur had beaten the pair Dutch-Czech pairing of Wesley Koolhof Kveta Peschke in the round of 32.

The 45-year-old Paes had made a first round exit in the men’s doubles event with partner Mexican Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela.

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Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and his partner Nicholas Monroe were also knocked out in the opening round of the event.

In the men’s singles, Prajnesh Gunneswaran had also made a first round exit after coming through the Qualifiers while Ramkumar Ramanathan, Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi could not make it to the singles main draw.

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