Sania Mirza's unimpressive campaign at Wimbledon ended on Thursday as she and her Romanian partner Horia Tecau lost to eight seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets in the mixed doubles quarter-finals.
Nestor and Mladenovic won 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) with Mirza making a number of unforced errors in the second tie-breaker which cost them the match.
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Mirza and Tecau infact broke the opposition's serve in the second set only to lose the initiative and couldn't make any further inroads. Mirza's service also was a problem as Nestor repeatedly attacked her second serve while 20-year-old Mladenovic's net play was far better than her much senior Indian opponent.
Earlier, Indian challenge in the men's doubles competition of the Wimbledon ended on Thursday with both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna losing their respective semi-final matches.
Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin were beaten by the US pair of Mike and Bob Bryan 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a battle that lasted for two hours and 48 minutes.
Paes and his Cezch partner Radek Stepanek lost to 12th seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Brazilian Marcelo Melo 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in another gruelling encounter that stretched two hours and 55 minutes.
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