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Paes-Hingis pair out of Australia Open

 Agencies |  2017-01-26 17:46:31.0  |  Melbourne

Paes-Hingis pair out of Australia Open

Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis crashed out of the mixed doubles competition of the Australian Open with a straight-set defeat in the quarter-finals here on Thursday. Paes and Hingis lost 3-6, 2-6 to the local pair of Sam Groth and Samantha Stosur in a quarter-final match that lasted 55 minutes. The Australian duo dominated the match and broke serve of the Indo-Swiss combination in the fifth game to nose ahead before sealing the first set 6-3 with another service break. In the second set, Paes and Hingis were broken in the fourth game to trail 1-3.

The Indo-Swiss pair were 2-5 down when Hingis served only to be broken by the Australians, who sealed the match comfortably. In the semi-finals, Groth and Stosur will meet the second seeded combo of India's Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Meanwhile, Zeel Desai lost to Elena Rybakina of Russia 4-6, 3-6 in the quarter-finals of the junior girls' singles.

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