French Open: Sania ousted from mixed doubles but Bopanna reaches quarters

Paris: Sania Mirza crashed out of the mixed doubles event of the French Open with Horia Teacu after a stupendous start but managed to reach the pre-quarterfinals of the women`s doubles, here today.

Sania first took court for a women`s doubles contest and along with partner Cara Black dispatched the unseeded combine of Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska 6-1 6-2 in the second round.

The fifth seed Indo-Zimbabwean pair needed just 59 minutes to move to the pre-quarterfinals. Sania then paired with her Romanian partner Tecau but suffered a shock 6-1 4-6 7-10 defeat at the hands of Timea Babos from Hungry and American Eric Butorac to bow out of the mixed doubles.

India`s challenge though is still alive in the event as Rohan Bopanna and his second seeded Slovakian partner Katarina Srebotnik reached the quarterfinals. They had to work hard to beat Cara Black and Robert Farah 6-3 3-6 10-7 in their second round contest.

Bopanna and Katarina will lock horns with eighth seeded team of Julia Goerges from Germany and seasoned Nenad Zimonjic from Serbia. In the women`s doubles match early in the day, Sania and Cara faced only one breakpoint in the lop-sided contest and broke their rivals four times. The fifth seeds won 57 points to 37 of their rivals.

They are now up against Serbia`s Jelena Jankovic and Russian Alisa Kleybanova, who got a walkover from Sharon Fichman and A Pavlyuchenkova.