August 13, 2016 12:34:58 am
Sania Mirza and her partner Rohan Bopanna entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles category at the Rio 2016 Olympics after their straight set win over Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain.
The Indian pair won their quarters match 6-4 6-4 and were clearly the dominating pair in the match. The win gives India two chances to win a medal at the Games. If India win their next match, they will be assured of atleast a silver by reaching the final.
Even if they lose, they will play a bronze medal play-off and have a chance at winning a medal.
India have only won one tennis medal in Olympics history. Leander Paes won a bronze medal in the men’s singles category at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Paes was in the stands to cheer for Sania and Bopanna on Friday.
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As it happened
0336 hrs IST: There it is! Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna beat Andy Murray-Heather Watson 6-4 6-4 to enter the semi-finals. They are a win away from medal
0332 hrs IST: Hold from Britain. They are not giving up. Rohan Bopanna will be serving for the match.
0330 hrs IST: Hold from India. They are a game away from qualifying to the semis. What a moment
0327 hrs IST: The British pair is not giving up easily! They hold to make it 3-4. India need two games to qualify
0323 hrs IST: Hold from India and Sania-Bopanna are soaring. This is brilliant from the Indian pair
0319 hrs IST: India break the British pair! They lead 3-2 in the second set. Rohan Bopanna to serve
0315 hrs IST: Andy Murray net his backhand! And India hold. We are tied 2-2 in the second
0313 hrs IST: Andy Murray leads the pair to another hold and that too to love. They have taken a 2-1 lead in the second set
0305 hrs IST: Indian pair is on a roll. They hold to tie it 1-1 in the first after Murray had won the first game for Britain
0302 hrs IST: Brilliant serve from Rohan Bopanna and Watson nets the return! India win the first set 6-4
0259 hrs IST: Domination from Murray-Watson as they hold to love and comeback to make it 5-4, in India’s favour
0257 hrs IST: Those Sania Mirza forehands are working now! India hold after the break and lead the first set 5-3
0254 hrs IST: Sania forehand crosscourt and Watson returns long! India lead 4-3 now
0253 hrs IST: Andy Murray is clearly looking tired after his long singles match and that is helping India. Three break points
0250 hrs IST: Rohan Bopanna holds with a big serve and India now tie it 3-3 in the first game. Good game
0246 hrs IST: Murray with a good serve and Bopanna’s return is long. Game to Britain and they lead 3-2
0243 hrs IST: Good serve from Sania and Murray’s return in wide. India hold and make it 2-2 in the first set
0238 hrs IST: India break back! What a start to this match. Rohan clearly leading the charge for India. They trial 2-1 now
2036 hrs IST: Another deuce and the British pair convert the break point! A big let down by Sania as they trail 2-0 in first set
0232 hrs IST: Murray and Watson keep their calm even after being 0-30 down. They take the game and the lead 1-0
0228 hrs IST: ANdy Murray will serve in the match and Sania Mirza will receive
0225 hrs IST: The players are warming up for the big match! This is a big match for a spot in the semi-final!
0220 hrs IST: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are out on the court and they are taking on Andy Murray and Heather Watson
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna got their mixed doubles campaign underway with a win over Australia’s Sam Stosur and Jonathan Peers on Thursday. The Indian duo dominated their opponents to win 7-5, 6-4 and entered the quarter-finals here at the Olympic Tennis Centre on Thursday. The fourth seeded pair from India broke their opponents in the ninth game and gained a crucial advantage. But the Australian pair also broke back and denied India the advantage. But that was it as Indian pair closed the next two games and won the set 7-5 in 36 minutes. In the quarterfinals, the Indian duo will take on the unseeded Great Britain pair of Andy Murray and Heather Watson who beat Spanish combo of David Ferrer and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 6-3 in another first round match.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis maintained that the decision to end their astonishing partnership was due to the failure to achieve the “desired results” and added they would play together one last time in the season-ending WTA Finals in October. In an unexpected development, Sania and Hingis decided to end their partnership that took the tennis world by storm last year when they won nine titles including the year-end WTA championship. The duo said in a joint statement: “After three Grand Slam victories and eleven WTA doubles titles together, we have mutually agreed that we would each be open to playing with other players for the remainder of the season. Perhaps, because of our great past results, we have had very high expectations from our partnership and unfortunately did not get the results we desired recently. We would like to clarify that it was a totally professional decision based purely on our recent results.”
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