It was a bad day for Sania Mirza at Wimbledon on Friday. The Indian ace lost in the mixed doubles quarter-finals and women's doubles semi-finals.
After losing in the women's doubles semi-finals in the company of Elena Vesnina, 3-6, 1-6, to the Czech Republic's Kveta Peschke-Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia earlier in the day, Sania appeared on course for a berth in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles, as she and Rohan Bopanna took the first set against Australia's Paul Hanley and Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei.
But they frittered away the good start and lost 6-1, 2-6, 2-6.
Sania and Bopanna displayed excellent co-ordination in the first set during which they broke in the third game before proceeding to take the set in 20 minutes.
But it was an altogether different story in the next after Hanley-Hsieh broke in the first and third games and raced away to a 4-0 lead. The Indians held thereafter, but it wasn't enough to prevent Hanley-Hsieh from taking the set.
The third set saw both pairs hold in the first two games before Hanley-Hsieh broke in the third. Another break in the seventh put the Indian pair 2-5 down. Hanley-Hsieh served out the eighth game to take the set and match.