Sania-Lindstedt crash out in first round of mixed doubles

Paris: India`s Sania Mirza and her Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt on Friday crashed out in the first round of the mixed doubles event, suffering a shocking straight-set defeat at the hands of Cara Black and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi here.

The top seeded Indo-Swede combination were no match for their unseeded opponents, losing 2-6 3-6 in little less than an hour.

Black and Qureshi will now face the winner of the match between Sorana Cirstea of Romania and David Marrero and Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei and Denmark`s Frederik Nielsen.

Sania, however, will partner American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the women`s doubles event where they have been seeded seventh.

The Indo-American pair will face French duo of Alize Cornet and Virginie Razzano in the first round.