Rohan Bopanna and Ben McLachlan went down fighting in straight sets against the South Korean duo of Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song in the first round of the men’s doubles event at the Australian Open 2021.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bopanna and McLachlan lost 4-6, 6-7 vs Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song
  • Bopanna had teamed up with Ben McLachlan for the first time in men’s doubles
  • Bopanna will next team up with China’s Duan Yingying in the mixed doubles event

India’s Rohan Bopanna suffered a heartbreaking exit from the Australian Open 2021 on Wednesday after losing the opening-round match with his men’d doubles partner Ben McLachlan at Melbourne Park.

The Indo-Japanese pair of Bopanna and McLachlan went down fighting 4-6 6-7(0) against the South Korean duo of Ji Sung Nam and Min-Kyu Song in an one hour and 17 minutes.

Not having enough court time due to hard quarantine seemed to have an effect on Bopanna’s sharpness. He was one of 72 players who have been confined to their hotel rooms in Melbourne after fellow passengers on the flights that brought them to Australia tested positive for COVID-19.

Bopanna and Ben McLachlan in fact, were playing together for the first time after Portuguese Joao Sousa pulled out of the Australian Open as he tested positive for COVID-19.

Bopanna, who is a former doubles world number three, will next team up with China’s Duan Yingying in the mixed doubles event.

India also have Divij Sharan (men’s doubles) and debutant Ankita Raina (women’s doubles) left in fray at the Australian Open.



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