Leander Paes and his partner Martina Hingis crashed out at the third round of the mixed doubles event at Wimbledon to home favourite Heather Watson and Finland's Henri Kontinen 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in an hour and 31 minutes.
After facing an early breakpoint, the Indo-Swiss pairing took 4-1 lead and then were pegged back to 4-3 but Hingis produced a magnificent return winner to break Watson's serve. Paes then held serve authoritatively to close out the opening set 6-3.
The second set started on level terms but buoyed by the home crowd support, the British-Finnish pair broke through to lead 4-2.
That single break was sufficient to decide the second set and Kontinen came up with the big serves when needed to level the match at one set apiece.
Weather became overcast in the third set and a rain nterrupted the match for about 10 minutes.
On resumption, Paes lost his serve after missing a volley wide after an entertaining rally had brought up break point in spite of some good retrieving by Hingis and Paes off some offensive smashes by their opponents.
Watson and Kontinen then utilized the momentum to get a second break as Hingis double faulted at breakpoint. It was soon over as Watson served out the match with ease to complete the upset win over the sixteenth seeded pairing.