It was a mixed day for Wimbledon India, when Sania Mirza and her partner qualified for the women’s doubles, while Rohan Bopana and Divi Sharan crashed in the first round of the Grass Grand Slam on Thursday.
Sania and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands started their last campaign at Wimbledon, stunning the sixth-ranked pair, Alexa Guarachi from Chile and Desirae Krawczyk from the USA. They qualified for the second round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory on court 8.
However, there was no such luck for Bopana and Sharan, who missed the reduction for the Tokyo Olympics because they could not improve their combined ranking from 113, as they collapsed to 11th seed, Henri Continen from Finland and the Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vaselin . Bopana and Sharan lost 6-7, 4-6 in the match in one hour and 20 minutes.
Although the two pairs were equally similar on most parameters, Bopana and Sharan had nine break points, but could convert only one, while their opponents took advantage of two of the four chances that came to them.
Sania, who has so far collected three Grand Slam doubles and as many mixed doubles titles, won the Wimbledon doubles title in 2015.