Sania-Bhupathi lose, Paes-Stepanek advance

Jul 01, 2012, 08:23 IST | IANS

India's Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi made an early exitfrom the mixed doubles event at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships here on Saturday while their compatriot Leander Paes marched into the men's doubles third round with Czech partner Radek Stepanek.

The fifth seeded Indian pair hardly put up a fight against the unseeded Australian-Russian combine losing 3-6, 1-6 in 50 minutes.

Later in the day, Paes got together with Stepanek to dispatch Israel’s Andy Ram and Jonathan Elrich 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 in another second round match.

Sania Mirza (left) and Mahesh Bhupathi during their second round match on Saturday. Pic/AFP

The fourth seeds next take on either Martin Emmrich and Michael Kohlmann from Germany or the Croatian-Brazilian combine of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo.

Meanwhile, the mixed doubles Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Jie Zheng of China got a walk over against the duo of Marcelo Melo of Brazil and Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the second round. 

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