Day of defeats for India at French Open

First up was the pair of Yuki and Sharan in the men’s doubles second round, but the second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic prevailed over the Indians with a 7-5, 6-3 win.

Yuki Bhambri, playing at French Open for the first time in his career, had already lost his singles, so his challenge ended at the second major of the year without much success.   -  AFP

In an extremely disappointing day for India at the French Open, Yuki Bhambri, Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna bowed out of different events on an all-defeat day for the country at the clay-court Grand Slam, here.

First up was the pair of Yuki and Sharan in the men’s doubles second round, but the second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic prevailed over the Indians with a 7-5, 6-3 win.

Yuki, playing at French Open for the first time in his career, had already lost his singles, so his challenge ended at the second major of the year without much success.

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Sharan again took the court for the mixed doubles, teaming up with Japan’s Shuko Aoyama, but they frittered away a one-set advantage to lose 6-2, 3-6, 5-10 to Katarina Srebotnik and Santiago Gonzalez in the first round.

Bopanna, who was defending his mixed doubles title and his partner Timea Babos, suffered a tame 2-6, 3-6 defeat against John Peers and Shuai Zhang. In 2017, Bopanna had won his maiden Grand Slam trophy with Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski.

Bopanna is still alive in the men’s doubles event with partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin and they are awaiting their third-round opponents, having cantered to a straight-sets win on Thursday night.