Melbourne: Sania Mirza’s last women’s doubles match in a Grand Slam ended in defeat as she went down 4-6 6-4 2-6 in the second round of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Meanwhile, India’s men’s double pair of N Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was halted in the second round by Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin of France. The Indians, who entered the event as an alternate team, lost to the Frenchmen 4-6, 4-6.

In a match that lasted a little over two hours, Mirza and her Kazakh partner Anna Danilina, who are seeded eighth, lost to Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck and Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina.

Sania and Danilina, who were a set down and also trailing 0-3 in the second set, fought back to win three games in a row, before getting a crucial break in the seventh game. Their opponents hit a forehand wide, sending the match into the decider.

In the third set, the Indo-Kazakh duo was broken thrice, which denied them a chance to retain the winning momentum.

Sania, however, is still alive in the Australian Open, as she and her mixed doubles partner veteran Rohan Bopanna defeated the Aussie team Jaimee Fourlis and Luke Saville 7-5 6-3 in their opening round on Saturday.

A six-time Grand Slam champion (three each in women's doubles and mixed doubles), the 36-year-old Sania Mirza had announced that the Australian Open would be her last Grand Slam and she would be retiring after the WTA 1000 Dubai Tennis Championships, slated from February 19.

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New Delhi (PTI): India's indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA-Navy) on Monday landed onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, in a feat described as a historical milestone by the Navy.

The Navy said naval pilots carried out the landing.

"A Historical milestone achieved towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat by Indian Navy as naval pilots carry out landing of LCA (Navy) onboard INS Vikrant," the Navy said in a brief statement.

It said the landing demonstrated India's capability to design, develop, construct and operate indigenous aircraft carrier with indigenous fighter aircraft.

In September, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India's first indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant (IAC I) that made the country part of an elite group of nations capable of manufacturing aircraft carriers above 40,000 tonnes category.

The Navy had said the aircraft carrier would be able to play a role in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.