India’s Divij Sharan and Ankita Raina on Thursday lost their respective first-round matches in men’s doubles and women’s doubles event to crash out of the Australian Open Grand Slam.

Sharan, alongside Igor Zelenay of Slovakia, lost 1-6, 4-6 to the German pair Kevin Krawietz and Yannick Hanfmann in a match that lasted one hour and four minutes.

In women’s doubles event, Raina — who partnered with Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu — suffered a 3-6, 0-6 defeat to Australian pair of Belinda Woolcock and Olivia Gadecki in one hour and four minutes.

Earlier on Wednesday, Rohan Bopanna had bowed out of the men’s doubles event after he lost his first round contest alongside Japanese partner Ben McLachlan 6-4, 7(7)-6(0) to the South Korean pair of Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song in a match lasting one hour and 17 minutes.

However, Bopanna will be seen in action on Friday when he will partner Duan Yingying of China to face UK-US pair of Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round contest of the mixed doubles event.

Sumit Nagal earlier on Tuesday faced a crushing 2-6, 5-7, 3-6 defeat to Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis to bow out of the men’s singles competition.

–IANS

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