Indian challenge ends in Wimbledon mixed doubles

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London, Jun 29: Mahesh Bhupathi's disappointing run in the Wimbledon continued as he, along with Sania Mirza, crashed out of the mixed doubles event while Leander Paes and Rennae Stubbs also bowed out of the tournament here. Seeded 11th, Bhupathi and Sania could not move beyond the first round and the unseeded Russian team of Igor Andreev and Maria Kirilenko did not have a great deal of problem to overpower the Indians 6-7 (4) 6-3.

However, in women's doubles, Sania advanced to the third round with her American partner Bethanie Mattek after a 6-3 6-4 win over the Russian-Italian pair of Maria Kirilenko and Flavia Pennetta. Paes and Stubbs, seeded 10th in the tournament, were also shown the doors by Swede Jonas Bjorkman and his Australian partner Alicia Molik who beat them 3-6 6-3 3-6.

Another Indian in the fray, Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and his Belorussian partner Tatiana Poutchek failed to meet the challenge of 13th seeded Swede-American pair of Simon Aspelin and Lisa Raymond in the second round and went down 3-6 6-7 (1).

In juniors too, India had a poor start to the Wimbledon campaign as fifth seed Yuki Bhambri lost to unseeded American Ty D Trombetta 6-7 (2) 4-6.

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