Delray Beach (USA):
Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his French partner Jeremy Chardy bowed out of the Delray Beach Open after going down to defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the men’s doubles semi-final here.
The top seeded Byran brothers took just 55 minutes to down the Indo-French pair 6-2 6-3 on the outdoor hard courts of the USD 514,065 event here last night.
Paes had reached last year’s final here with South African Raven Klaasen.
The American pair put up a dominating show. They converted both their breakpoint chances to move ahead in the first set, even as the unseeded combination of Paes and Chardy served three double faults.
Paes and Chardy could get only 52 per cent of their first service right as compared to 80 per cent by the Bryan brothers.
The Indo-French failed to make a comeback in the second set as well, wasting five breakpoint chances that they earned.
On the other hand, the top seeds converted one out of the two chances they got and that proved to be enough for them to wrap up the match comfortably in the end.
In the second set, Paes and Chardy failed to improve their first service and it deteriorated to 45 per cent. They also double faulted four times.