Aisam suf­fers first-round loss at Aus­tralian Open

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Pak­istan's lone flag-bearer in the in­ter­na­tional ten­nis arena, Aisam-ul-haq-Qureshi, suf­fered the worst pos­si­ble start to the 2016 sea­son, crash­ing out in the first round of the Aus­tralian Open men's dou­bles event on Thurs­day.

Aisam and part­ner Jonathan Mar­ray of Bri­tain were up against Bruno Soares of Brazil and Jamie Mur­ray of Bri­tain. Soares, ranked 22 in the dou­bles rank­ing, and Jamie, the el­der brother of Andy Mur­ray, were too good for their op­po­nents, sweep­ing past them 6-3, 6-4, in 78 min­utes. Aisam and Mar­ray were guilty of mak­ing too many un­forced er­rors and not be­ing able to hold serve just when they were find­ing some rhythm in the se­cond set.

The first-round loss was Aisam's worst show­ing at the Aus­tralian Open since 2010 af­ter the Pak­istan pro made it to the 3rd round of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 tour­na­ments. The 35-year-old will now team up with Yaroslava Shve­dova of Kaza­khstan in the mixed dou­bles event.

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