Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos advance, but Leander Paes-Purav Raja exit

Updated: Jan 22, 2018, 09:06 IST | PTI

Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja crashed out even as Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos outplayed their opponents to progress to the pre-quarterfinals at the Australian Open

Rohan Bopanna
Rohan Bopanna

Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja crashed out even as Rohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Timea Babos outplayed their opponents to progress to the pre-quarterfinals at the Australian Open, here yesterday. While Paes and Raja suffered a straight-set defeat at the hands of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia in the men's doubles pre-quarterfinals, Bopanna and Babos easily edged past Australian pair of Andrew Whittington and Ellen Perez in the mixed doubles first round.

Failing to thrive
The unseeded Paes and Raja were beaten 1-6, 2-6 by their 11th seeded opponents in a contest that lasted one hour and nine minutes at the Melbourne Park. Paes and Raja failed to capitalise on any one of the five break points — two in the first set and three in the second - they got in the match while the Cabal-Farah duo converted four out the 10 they had.

The Colombian duo broke the Indians twice in both the sets to easily grab the match and make it to the quarterfinals. Paes and Raja, who won two Challenger level titles to close the 2017 season, were playing in their second Grand Slam together.

Quick win
Meanwhile, Bopanna and Babos dispatched the unseeded Australian pairing of Whittington and Perez 6-2, 6-4 in a first round mixed doubles match lasted less than an hour. The fifth seeded Indo-Hungarian pair looked dominant from the start breaking Whittington's serve in the very first game. They will face USA's Vania King and Croatia's Franko Skugor in the second round.

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