Indian challenge ends as Bopanna bows out of Australian Open

Leander Paes' last Australian Open outing ended after his second-round exit

Rohan Bopanna, Australian Open, mixed doubles, Leander Paes, Nadiia Kichenok
The Indo-Ukrainian pair went down 0-6 2-6 to fifth seed Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova in a 47-minute encounter. Photo: @AusOpen/Twitter

The Indian challenge at the Australian Open ended after Rohan Bopanna and his Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok were knocked out in straight sets in the quarterfinal of the mixed doubles event in Melbourne on Thursday (January 30).

The Indo-Ukrainian pair went down 0-6 2-6 to fifth seed Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova in a 47-minute encounter.

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Bopanna and Kichenok struggled from the beginning and failed to hold their serve. The Croatian-Czech pair completely dominated the proceedings from the word go, easily taking the first set.

In the second set, Bopanna and Kichenok managed to hold their serve in the first game but were easily broken in the second and the seventh, meekly handing over a semifinal spot to Mektic and Borbara.

On Tuesday (January 28), veteran Leander Paes’ last Australian Open outing came to an end after he and partner Jelena Ostapenko made a second-round exit in the mixed doubles event.

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