The Indo-Swiss pair lost 4-6, 2-6 to Margarita Gasparyan and Monica Niculescu in a little over an hour’s time.
Hingis and Mirza erred massively on their first serve to land only 52% of their first serves in and consequently won just 13 of 29 points in this key department.
More significantly, ‘Santina’ were broken five times while the Russian and Romanian pairing were broken just twice.
Last week at Indian Wells too they exited after the second round. It has been a disappointing run of form ever since their 41-match streak was broken in Doha last month. There the World No.1 pairing lost in the quarter-finals.
Wonder what's happening with Sania's ground stroke game, she's usually so solid off that wing.
Maybe losing that 41-match winning streak is effecting them subconsciously more than they realize .
Hopefully they can start to win a bit more on the clay, otherwise it's gonna be even harder for them to make a dent at the French Open in May.