Honeymoon period is over for Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza. The Indian duo will not play mixed doubles together at the US Open despite having captured two Grand Slam titles as a pair.
It seems that it is the result of the bitter fall-out from the Olympics.
Bhupathi will be partnering Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic in New York while Mirza will team up with Britain's Colin Fleming and could face each other at the last four stage.
Bhupathi-Hlavackova seeded 6th will play their first round match against American pair Samantha Crawford and Mitchell Krueger.
The unseeded Mirza-Fleming will start their campaign against wild card entrant Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Eric Butorac of USA.
Mirza played mixed doubles at the Olympics with Leander Paes after the later had demanded an assurance that only he would be allowed to pair with her.
Angry Mirza agreed to team up with Paes, but utter her discomfort in a huge press release hitting out about the arrangement, saying she was used as a "bait" to keep Paes happy, and was a victim of "male chauvinism".
Mirza-Bhupathi won the mixed doubles title at Australian Open in 2009 and French Open in 2012.754785