Wimbledon 2017

Wimbledon: Sania Mirza-Kirsten Flipkens lose to Martina Hingis-Yung-Jan Chan in third round

The third seeds beat the Indo-Belgian pair 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 11 minutes.

Indian No 1 Sania Mirza’s women’s doubles campaign at Wimbledon came to an end in the third round on Monday.

The 13th seeded team of Mirza and Kirsten Flipkens bowed out of the Championships losing to third seeds Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 in 71 minutes.

Mirza and Flipkens were broken four times across the two sets and could only manage to convert one of the two break points they had on their opponents’ serve. The Indo-Belgian team won only 57% points on their first serves and 40% points on their second serves.

In comparison, Hingis and Chan won 72% and 64% points off their first and second serves respectively. The winners wrapped up the match with a total of 68 points, 21 more than Mirza and Flipkens’ tally.

Siddhant Banthia crashes out in first round

India’s lone entrant in the boys’ singles event, Siddhant Banthia crashed out in the first round to France’s Matteo Martineau on Monday. Banthia won the first set 7-5, but dropped the latter two sets, allowing Martineau to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

In the 11th game of the final set, Banthia had a chance to go up a break over his French opponent, but the 18-year-old saved the break point. Trying to stay in the match, in the 12th game of the set, Banthia faltered and was quickly down 0-40. While he did well to save two match points, the last proved one too many for him to redeem his chances in the match as Martineau closed out on the win with a winner off his forehand.

Mahak Jain makes headway

Mahak Jain took her place in the second round in the girls’ singles draw at the Championships on Monday. The sixteen-year-old clinched a tough three-set win over Croatia’s Lea Boskovic, prevailing 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4.

Jain put in 82% of her first serves and converted 63% points off the same. Boskovic, meanwhile, put in 73% of her first serves and went on to win 55% points on her first serves. However, the Croatian teenager won a better margin of points on her second serves as compared to Jain – 73% to 50%.

In terms of break points won, Jain converted five of the eight break points on Boskovic’s serve whereas Boskovic converted five of the 10 break points she had on Jain’s serve. For the entirety of the match, merely four points separated both players, with the Indian winning 105 points to Boskovic’s 101.

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