Paris, May 31: Indian tennis veteran Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis have crashed out of the French Open after losing in the mixed doubles pre-quarterfinals here. Eighth seeded Indo-Swiss pair went down fighting to Slovenian Katarina Srebotnik and Romanian Horia Tecau 7-6, 3-6, 6-10 on Saturday at the Stade Rolland Garros.
The first set was a tight contest which went into a tie-breaker that was eventually won by Paes and Hingis. However, the Slovenian-Romanian pair came back strongly to win the second set 6-3 and push the match in to the decider. But Paes-Hingis failed to make an impact in the super tie-break, easily losing 6-10. Srebotnik-Tecau next face Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and Robert Lindstedt in the quarter-finals of the tournament. Paes-Hingis earlier paired to win the Australian Open in February.