Wimbledon 2017: Sania Mirza loses in round 4 of women’s doubles

New Delhi: India’s struggles in Wimbledon 2017 continued as Sania Mirza, partnering Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, lost to her former partner Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan 2-6,4-6 in the fourth round of the women’s doubles encounter on July 10.
The Indo-Belgian duo, ranked No.13 in this tournament, never settled in the match as they were outpowered and outclassed by Hingis and Chan in a match that lasted just over an hour.
After holding serve in the first two games, Mirza and Flipkens failed to hold serve and they were thrashed 2-6. Hingis and Chan regularly nailed their first serves while Sania and Flipkens had a low first-serve percentage.
The story was similar in the second set as the Swiss-Taiwanese duo maintained the pressure and won the set 6-4 to enter the quarterfinal.
Mirza had won the Wimbledon title in 2015 with Martina Hingis. This was one of three Grand Slams and 14 titles that the pair won together before splitting last year. Sania had last won a doubles title in 2016 but has struggled since.
With Sania’s loss, India’s challenge is almost over in the tournament. Leander Paes lost in the early rounds of the mixed doubles and men’s doubles while Rohan Bopanna was also eliminated. Purav Raja and Divij Sharan also lost in the doubles.

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