After a disappointing start, India receive good news in tennis as the pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna make their way to the quarter-finals of the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016 . Postponed due to rain, the match happened on Friday where Mirza-Bopanna were up against Australia’s Samantha Stosur and John Peers. The Indian pair dominated the first round match from the very beginning, winning it 7-5, 4-6 straight. Both Sania and Bopanna looked confident and got their basics right to pull off perfect drop shots at crucial moment to ease their way to the next round. Also Check- Rio Olympics 2016 Live Updates, Day 6 Also Read - Tennis | Sania Mirza Returns to WTA Circuit With a Win in Qatar Open
India’s journey so far in tennis has been pretty disappointing as the contingent faced early defeat with the pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna crashing out of the men’s doubles. The journey so far has not been fruitful for Sania as well, as India’s tennis sensation lost the women’s doubles playing with Prarthana Thombare against China’s Pen Shuai and Zhyang Shuai in the very first round. (Also Read: Rio Olympics 2016: Topsy-turvy day for India on day 1 of Olympic golf) Also Read - Pakistan Ready to Resolve All Outstanding Issues With India Through Dialogue, Says Imran Khan
Day 6 remained mixed for India. Indian archers Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari failed to progress to the quarter-finals losing in the Round of 16. On the other hand, in badminton, both Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu qualified for the next round. In doubles, India’s performance remained disappointing as the pairs of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa in women’s doubles and B Sumith Reddy and Manu Attri in men’s doubles failed to proceed to the next round. India’s hopes in badminton for the day lies upon shuttler Srikanth Kidambi who will participate in the men’s singles event. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: What India, China Discussed During 16-Hour Long Military-Level Talks | Read Here
India’s performance in golf was also not as promising as both Anirban Lahiri and SS Chaurasia started off with a not-so-impressive show, having tied at 27 and 49 respectively. The two will try their luck in Round 2.