Australian Open 2019: Leander Paes-M Reyes-Varela Crash Out After 1st Round Loss In Men's Doubles Category
The Indo-Mexican pair lost 5-7, 6-7(4/7) to the pair of Austin Krajicek and Artem Sitak.
Paes-Varela lost the first round in straight sets
The duo lost to Austin Krajicek and Artem Sitak
Another Indian pair of Rohan Bopann and Divij Sharan also crashed out
India's Australian Open 2019 campaign started on a horror note as legendary Indian tennis player Leander Paes and his men's doubles partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela have been knocked out after a first-round loss in straight sets. The Indo-Mexican pair lost 5-7, 6-7(4/7) to the pair of Austin Krajicek and Artem Sitak.
Another pair featuring Indians - Rohan Bopann and Divij Sharan - has also been knocked out of the Grand Slam tournament after they suffered defeat at the hands of the Pablo Carreno Busta-Guillermo Garcia Lopez. The three-set encounter ended in Busta-Lopez's favour 6-1, 4-6 and 7-5.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan-N Monroe also lost in the Round of 64 to Kevin Krawietz-Nikola Mektic 6-4, 6-7(8/10) and 5-7.
Horror start for Indian in Australia Open as all 3 pairs featuring Indians knocked OUT in 1st round:— India_AllSports (@India_AllSports) January 16, 2019
Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan (15th seeds)
Leander Paes/Reyes Varela
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan/ Monroe
END of Indian contention in Men's Doubles #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/OVFts94znV
Among other stalwarts of tennis, Andy Murray also crashed out of the Australian Open 2019, after going down fighting to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. Murray suffered a 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 2-6 defeat. He had last week announced his retirement plans due to a chronic hip injury.
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki's started her campaign with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
And Swiss tennis star Roger Federer registered a straight-set victory against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the opening round.