Sania Mirza and Barbara Strycova knocked out of Indian Wells

Sania Mirza and Barbara Strycova knocked out of Indian Wells

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The pair of Sania Mirza and Barbara Strycova were knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open, after going down to Martina Hingis and Yung-jan Chan in the quarter-finals. Leander Paes and his doubles partner Juan Martin del Potro have also lost their men's doubles match to be out of the tournament.

Though the Indo-Czech pair had won the Cincinnati Open and Toray Pan Pacific Open last year, they were unable to replicate the same form at the BNP Paribas Open by going down to the Swiss-Taiwan pair of Martina Hingis and Yung-jan Chan 4-6 4-6 in straight sets, in a match that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.

Sania and Barbara had defeated Sara Errani of Italy and Alicja Rosolska of Poland 6-2, 6-3 in the last round to come thus far but Sania's exit also marks the end of the Indian campaign at the tournament after Leander Paes and his Argentine partner Juan Martin del Potro went down 3-6, 4-6 to American Sam Querrey and Gilles Müller of Luxembourg in the men's doubles category. Querrey and Muller hit six aces in comparison to just two from the Indo- Argentine pair. This allowed Querrey and Muller to chalk out a straight sets win in just over an hour.

Sania’s defeat to Hingis is a touch ironic, given that the two of them had forged one of the most successful partnerships in women’s doubles until they decided to part ways.

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