Melbourne: Pioneering Indian tennis star Sania Mirza’s appearance at the Australian Open ended with a quarter-final loss to local mixed doubles duo Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler here on Tuesday.
Mirza, along with American Rajeev Ram, lost the match 4-6, 6-7 against wildcard entries Fourlis and Kubler in an hour and 30 minutes.
Mirza, 35, is India’s most accomplished tennis player, winning six Grand Slam titles, including three mixed doubles trophies.
She planned to add a second Australian Open mixed doubles title to her cat after exiting a first round in the women’s doubles event last week.
Melbourne Park has been a happy hunting ground for Mirza, who recently announced she will be retiring at the end of this season. Two of her six Grand Slam titles have been won at the Australian Open.
In addition to winning the mixed doubles title in 2009 with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, Mirza also won the women’s doubles trophy in 2016 alongside Swiss great Martina Hingis, which was also her last Grand Slam win.
With Mirza’s defeat, the Indian challenge in the first Slam of the year also came to an end.
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