Sania Mirza’s US Open campaign ends, Rohan Bopanna lone Indian left

While India’s Sania Mirza and her mixed doubles partner Rajeev Ram lost, Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig won in men’s doubles to progress in the tennis Grand Slam.

By Utathya Nag
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Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza’s US Open 2021 campaign ended early after she and her mixed doubles partner Rajeev Ram lost in the opening round match at the Flushing Meadows in New York on Friday.

Sania Mirza, who lost in the first round of the women’s doubles on Thursday, and her American partner Rajeev Ram were initially set to play Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Czech Republic’s Kveta Peschke in the mixed doubles clash.

However, due to Kevin Krawietz’s late withdrawal, the Indo-American player went on to face Australia’s Max Purcell and Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska instead. Sania Mirza and Rajeev Ram lost the match 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 and crashed out.

After a close start to the match, Sania Mirza and Rajeev Ram were broken in the eighth game of the first set before Purcell and Yastremska closed it out 6-3.

Sania Mirza-Rajeev Ram bounced back in the second set and stretched the match to a decider.

In the super tie-breaker, the two teams traded points until the score was 7-7 but it was Sania Mirza-Rajeev Ram who blinked first as the Australian-Ukrainian pair won it 10-7, and with it, the match.

Rohan Bopanna progresses in men’s doubles

In men’s doubles, meanwhile, India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig came from behind to beat the Australian pair of James Duckworth and Jordan Thompson 3-6, 6-3, 7(7)-6(1) to progress to the second round.

In a tightly contested decider, the two teams went toe-to-toe throughout the third set. With the score at 6-6, Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig won the tie-breaker 7-1 to clinch the set and the match.

The Indo-Croatian pair will face France’s Arthur Rinderknech and Monaco’s Hugo Nys in their second round match at the US Open 2021.

Following Sania Mirza’s exit from both women’s and mixed doubles, Rohan Bopanna remains the only Indian in the fray at this year’s US Open. 

Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina were knocked out from men’s and women’s doubles respectively in the first round as well.