Paes loses Sydney Intertiol opener
Sydney, Jan 11: Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes’ preparation for the year’s first Major, Australian Open, did not get off to a good start as the 42-year-old lost in the opening round of men’s doubles at the $404,780 Sydney Intertiol here on Monday.
Paes, partnering French Jeremy Chardy, lost 4-6, 4-6 in an hour and eight minutes to Brazilian-Cadian third seeds Marcelo Melo and Daniel Nestor on Court No.3 of the NSW Tennis Centre. Paes is the defending champion at Australian Open, which starts next week, in the mixed doubles category with Swiss Marti Hingis. Melo and Nestor broke the unseeded pair once each in the two sets to easily win and enter the quarterfils. The Indo-French pair got as many as eight break point chances, same as their opponents, but failure to convert even a single one cost them the contest.
Paes’ compatriots Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopan will play their respective matches on Tuesday. IANS