London: Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek survived a first round scare but Sania Mirza and Cara Black were dumped from the women’s doubles event of the Wimbledon Championships.
Fifth seeded Indo-Czeck pair of Paes and Stepanek had to battle for three hours to douse the challenge of Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 11-9 in the rain-hit marathon opening round of the grass court Grand Slam on Saturday.
Paes and Stepanek. PIC/AFP
Paes, who missed the French Open due to turbulence in personal life, and Stepanek could convert only four of the 17 break chances in the contest even as they dropped serve twice.
Meanwhile, fourth seeds Sania and her Zimbabwean partner Cara suffered a shock 6-2 6-7(7) 4-6 defeat at the hands of unseeded Russian-Czech pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Lucie Safarova.
This is Sania’s worst performance at this season’s Grand Slams as she had managed to reach quarterfinals at both Australian Open and French Open. Her challenge is though still alive in the mixed doubles with Romanian partner Horia Tecau.