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Leander-Martina crash out

London: India’s miserable campaign at the Wimbledon ended as defending mixed doubles champions Leander Paes and Martina Hingis were knocked out in the third round by scratch pair of Britain’s Heather Watson and Finland’s Henri Kontinen, who played their first match together.

India’s Leander Paes and Martina Hingis of Switzerland go for the ball during their match against Henri Kontinen of Finland and Great Britain’s Heather Watson in London on Thursday. Pic/Getty Images
India’s Leander Paes and Martina Hingis of Switzerland go for the ball during their match against Henri Kontinen of Finland and Great Britain’s Heather Watson in London on Thursday. Pic/Getty Images

The Brit-Finn pair beat the 16th seeded Indo-Swiss pair 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a well-contested three-setter.

What would be embarrassing for the Paes-Hingis pairing would be the fact that their opponents were playing the first match of the tournament having got walkover in the first two rounds.   

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