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Bopanna-Bhambri pair suffer shock exit

Updated on: 26 September,2023 07:53 AM IST  |  Hangzhou
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Bhambri struggled with his serve and strokes in the latter part of the match, while the Uzbek players raised their game against their superior opponents to walk away with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 win in the second round.

Bopanna-Bhambri pair suffer shock exit

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In a huge upset, gold medal favourites and top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Yuki Bhambri were knocked out after being stunned by lower-ranked Sergey Fomin and Khumoyun Sultanov from Uzbekistan, here on Monday. Bhambri struggled with his serve and strokes in the latter part of the match, while the Uzbek players raised their game against their superior opponents to walk away with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 win in the second round.


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The defeat will rankle the Indian pair all the more as Bopanna is a Top-10 player in the doubles and Bhambri too is ranked among the Top-100. The Uzbeks are not even in the Top-300. Later, Bopanna combined with Rutuja Bhosale for a 6-4, 6-2 win over Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amamuradova and Maksim Shim to move to the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals.


Meanwhile, top singles Ankita Raina was off to a flying start, while Bhosale (7-6(2), 6-2) struggled past lower-ranked Aruzhan Sagandikova to move into the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals. Raina did not lose a single game in her second-round match and required just 51 minutes to send packing 17-year-old Sabrina Olimjonova from Uzbekistan 6-0, 6-0.

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