They are the prime medal prospects for India in London. But forget about the medal, now their chance to have a place in the summer Olympics is in complete disarray.
With the June 11 deadline for naming the doubles pairings for the Olympics fast approaching, it is not sure whether Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza will be able to take the London flight this July.
For Sania, it is sheer bad luck, but for the rest of the two, it is lack of consistency, battle of ego and internal politics.
Paes and Bhupathi began their clay season last week at Monte Carlo Masters.
Unseeded Serb-Swiss combination of Viktor Troicki and Stanislas Wawrinka stunned the sixth seeded Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in the second round on Wednesday.
It took just 56 minutes for the hot favourite Indian pair to go down in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Rated at number six in the ATP World Doubles Rankings, the Indian duo utterly failed to put up a fight.
Paes, pairing with Radek Stepanek won their first match 6-3, 6-3 against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Eduardo Schwank.
But the fifth seed pair lost to top seed Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-2, 6-0.