Melbourne, Jan 30 : The Indian challenge at the Australian Open came to an end with the ouster of Rohan Bopanna and his Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok in the quarterfinal of the mixed doubles event, here on Thursday.
The Indo-Ukrainian pair lost 0-6 2-6 to fifth seed Nikola Mektic and Barbora Krejcikova in an encounter that lasted for 47 minutes. Bopanna and Kichenok struggled from the beginning and as a result, the Croatian-Czech pair completely dominated the match and won the first set easily.
In the second set too, Bopanna and Kichenok were easily outclassed, handing over a semifinal spot to Mektic and Borbara. Earlier on Tuesday, tennis ace Leander Paes' played his last Australian Open match after he and partner Jelena Ostapenko made a second round exit in the mixed doubles event. (UNI)