London: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq
Qureshi squandered a match point in an action-filled first
round clash to make an early exit from the men's doubles event
of the Wimbledon championships here on Thursday.
The fourth seed Indo-Pak pair lost 6-2, 2-6, 19-21 to
unseeded Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert
Farah at court number six.
The Colombians came back strongly after losing the
opening set and went on to stun the 2010 US Open finalist.
The match turned into a keen bout of nerves in the third
and final set, in which 40 games were played.
Bopanna and Qureshi had a chance to finish the match in
their favour in the 30th game but the gritty pair of Cabal and
Farah not only survived but raised their game further in the
The unseeded Colombian duo finally converted the chance
in the 40th game to storm into the second round.
First Published: Friday, June 24, 2011, 00:10