Another pair featuring Indians – Rohan Bopann and Divij Sharan – has also been knocked out of the Grand Slam tournament after they suffered defeat at the hands of the Pablo Carreno Busta-Guillermo Garcia Lopez. The three-set encounter ended in Busta-Lopez’s favour 6-1, 4-6 and 7-5.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan-N Monroe also lost in the Round of 64 to Kevin Krawietz-Nikola Mektic 6-4, 6-7(8/10) and 5-7.
Horror start for Indian in Australia Open as all 3 pairs featuring Indians knocked OUT in 1st round:
Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan (15th seeds)
Leander Paes/Reyes Varela
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan/ Monroe
END of Indian contention in Men’s Doubles #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/OVFts94znV
— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) January 16, 2019
Among other stalwarts of tennis, Andy Murray also crashed out of the Australian Open 2019, after going down fighting to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray suffered a 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 2-6 defeat. He had last week announced his retirement plans due to a chronic hip injury.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki’s started her campaign with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
And Swiss tennis star Roger Federer registered a straight-set victory against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the opening round.