Bopanna crashes out in mixed doubles as India's Australian Open challenge ends

Rohan Bopanna and Yingying Duan lost 6-4, 6-4 to U.S.’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands and U.K.’s Jamie Murray in the first round.

Rohan Bopanna had bowed out of men's doubles on Friday. - AP (FILE)

Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the mixed doubles in the opening round on Saturday to draw curtains on India’s campaign at this year’s Australian Open.

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Bopanna and his Chinese partner Yingying Duan lost 6-4, 6-4 to U.S.’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands and U.K.’s Jamie Murray in a contest that lasted an hour and three minutes. Bopanna and Japan’s Ben McLachlan had earlier bowed out of the men’s doubles after a 4-6, 6-7 (0) defeat to the Korean wild card pair of Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song in an opening-round match.

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Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina had already crashed out of the men’s and women’s doubles after suffering defeats in the opening round on Thursday.

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