It was a mixed day for Indians at the ATP Indian Wells Masters as Sania Mirza and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova romped into the quarterfinals of the women's doubles event but Leander Paes failed to get past the opening round as he along with partner Juan Martin del Potro suffered a straight sets loss in the men's doubles event. Paes and Del Potro lost 3-6, 4-6 to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller and American Sam Querrey while Sania and Strycova recorded a straightforward 6-2, 6-3 win over Italy's Sara Errani and Alicja Rosolska of Poland.
On Saturday, Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas had also lost their opening round match to the Serbian team of Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki.
Sania and Strycova, seeded fourth, slammed three aces in the match lasting 64 minutes.
However, the Indo-Czech pair had to work hard for their victory, managing to save five breakpoints in the match to keep their opponents at bay.
The Italian-Polish pair didn't have a good day in their service games, sending down three double faults besides being broken a total of four times in the match.
Meanwhile, one break in each set was all that separated the two teams and all that was needed for Muller and Querrey to register a comfortable win.
Paes and Del Potro had numerous chances to launch a comeback in the second set but failed miserably at it. The Indo-Argentine team had as many as eight break point opportunities in the second set but couldn't convert any.
In stark contrast, Muller and Querrey had three break point opportunities and converted one of them in the second set to come out victorious in the match lasting a little over an hour.
With Paes' exit, India's challenge at the ATP Masters event came to a screeching halt.
(With PTI Inputs)