Two Indian doubles teams, of the three that were left in the fray at the Madrid Open, lost on Thursday, 7th May. Seventh seeded team of Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor lost in the second round to the wild-card team of Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi. Later in the evening, Sania Mirza and her partner, Martina Hingis lost to the seventh seeded team of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova.
Barren run continues for Leander Paes, Sudden slump for Sania Mirza
Paes and Nestor lost 6-7, 3-6, while Mirza and Hingis lost 7-6, 3-6, 9-11. This was Paes’ third tournament partnering Nestor and like the previous two events – at Monte Carlo and Barcelona – his sojourn ended on a premature note. It remains to be seen whether Paes and Nestor re-evaluate their partnership, considering that both have already changed their partners this season in an attempt to bring about more successful results.
Sania Mirza and Hingis’ loss in the quarter-finals is right on the heels of their opening round loss at Stuttgart. It remains to be seen how the world’s best doubles team rebounds from this unexpected upset, with a couple of more tournaments to go before the French Open.
Lingering Hopes at Madrid Open
Rohan Bopanna and his partner Florin Mergea however have reached the quarter-finals at the Madrid Open. The unseeded pair upset eighth seeded team of Nicholas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 6-4, 4-6, 10-5, in the second round and will play Adrian Mannarino and Juan Sebastian Cabal in the last-eight on Friday, 8th May. Mannarino and Cabal had earlier upset the World no. 1 ranked, Bryan brothers.