Madrid: Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis suffered their second defeat since joining forces as they lost 7-6 (5) 3-6 9-11 to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, at the Madrid Open here.
The fallout of the defeat is that the Indo-Swiss pair has surrendered the number one spot to Mattek-Sands and Safarova in the Road to Singapore Leaderboard. When the new team rankings are issued on Monday, Sania and Hingis will be placed second.
Sania Mirza. Pic/ AFP
Another Indian bowing out of the tournament was Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor, who lost their second round match 6-7 (4), 3-6 to Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi.
However, the Indian challenge is still alive in the Masters event as Rohan Bopanna and his partner Florin Mergea have already reached the quarterfinals following a 6-4 4-6 10-5 win over eighth seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Nicolas Mahut.