Bhupathi out of men's doubles, Paes advances

Updated: 02 June 2008 18:22 IST

Mahesh Bhupathi's campaign in men's doubles was cut short in the first round even though his estranged partner Leander Paes advanced to the second round

Bhupathi out of men's doubles, Paes advances

Paris:

Mahesh Bhupathi's campaign in men's doubles was cut short in the first round even though his estranged partner Leander Paes, partnering Lukas Dlouhy, advanced to the second round in the French Open on Thursday.

Fourth seeds Bhupathi and Mark Knowles of Bahama could not do justice to their reputation as the went down 4-6 4-6 to the unseeded Austrian Stephen Huss of Austria and his German partner Ross Hutchins.

Ninth-seeded pair of Paes and Dlouhy, however, did not lower guard against unheralded Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana and beat the Thai twin 6-2 6-4 to move to the next round.

They would now meet the winner of the first round match where the Tomas Behrend-Tomas Cibulec pair meets Jose Acasuso and Sebastian Prieto.

Rohan Bopanna is the other Indian in the fray in men's doubles where he teams up with Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and faces top-seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in a difficult first round outing.

Playing against the Ratiwatana brothers, Paes and Dlouhy looked in a hurry to wrap up things and they took just 26 minutes to pocket the first set. The second set, however, was not exactly a stroll in the park for the Indo-Czech duo who let a break point slip through their fingers before breaking their opponent to win the match in just over an hour.

In contrast, nothing went right for Bhupathi and Knowles. Their serve was a let-down. They managed to convert just one of the eight break points that came their way, while their opponents converted three out of as many.

After losing the first set in 48 minutes, Bhupathi and Knowles were expected to raise their game but the seasoned campaigners could not break their rivals' serve even once and, on the contrary, were broken once to go down following an 85-minute fight.

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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