Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Rio Olympics: Sania Mirza, Leander Paes out in doubles, Indian hopes end

Narada Desk | August 7, 2016 1:01 pm Print
India's medal hopefuls Sania Mirza- Prarthana and Leander Paes-Rohan Bopanna concede defeats to rivals as India's chances in Tennis end at the Rio Olympics.
Sania Mirza

India’s medal dreams at the Rio Olympics suffered a major jolt today as its Tennis teams were crashed out in both men’s and women’s doubles categories.
While India’s star pair Sania Mirza- Prarthana crashed out of Olympics in the first round itself, former Olympics winner Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were also defeated miserably on the green lawns.

Now India’s Tennis Olympics dreams rest solely in the mixed doubles category which involves Bopanna-Mirza.

Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare lost to the Chinese pair Shuai Zhang and Shuai Peng after a grueling match. The Indian duo, however conceded defeat after a marathon match that saw the Chinese pair really sweating out to overpower the Indians. The match took over two and half hours, and the Indians finally lost to the Chinese in 6-7, 7-5, 7-5.

Though India women’s team started well initially in the game and won the first set comfortably, fate was clearly not on their side.
The match saw many tiebreaks and was very exciting and in the second set the Chinese won by 7-5.
In the decisive third set, the Indian team lost an early break, They were trailing 1-3 at this point, but they fought back to the game to make it 3-3.

However, their serve was broken which helped the Chinese to reach 5-4. But, this time also India’s were able to equalize with a powerful serve to make it 5-5.

But, on the crucial moment, they allowed the Chinese to score a crucial point to win the game and the match in a fateful Sunday in India.

Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna lost in straight sets to Poland’s Matkowski-Kubot in their first round in Olympics.
The duo lost to their rivals 4-6, 6-7 on their first match itself. For the 46-year Paes, who won bronze at the Atlanta Olympics, this match would be his last Olympics duel.

India’s hopes in Tennis also ended with these heart-breaking defeats.