Sania Mirza’s Roland Garros season ended in defeat. Her previous mixed doubles match had ended in defeat; Sania and her Czech partner Lucie Hradecka were eliminated in the third round of women’s doubles at Roland-Garros 2022 on Tuesday after losing in straight sets.
Mirza and Hradecka, the 10th seed, were beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff of the United States in an hour and 30 minutes at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Earlier, Mirza French Open the season ended when she lost her second-round mixed doubles match with her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig.
A six-time Grand Slam champion, Mirza has bid farewell to Roland Garros since deciding to retire from the circuit after this season. Meanwhile, Hyderabadi and Hradecka got off to a rocky start against Pegula-Gauff, missing their first serve of the game, putting them under immediate pressure.
Both teams held serve to 3-5 in the first set when Mirza-Hradecka broke their opponents to gain ground. Nevertheless, in the following match, the American duo rallied to capture Mirza-server Hradecka and win the first set.
The Indo-Czech duo smashed their opposition in the first game of the second set to establish an early lead. They then gave up two of their next four service games, relinquishing the lead. Jessica Pegula served for the win with a tight hold on the set at 5-3 and held on to eliminate Sania Mirza and Lucie Hradecka from women’s doubles.
Both Coco Gauff and Pegula compete in the women’s singles. Coco advanced to the semi-finals, but Pegula is still in the quarter-finals. Thursday, Rohan Bopannathe only Indian currently competing at Roland-Garros, will face his Dutch teammate Matwe Middelkoop in the men’s doubles semi-final.
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