A big win in tennis came India’ way as India’s mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna made their way to the semi-final of Rio Olympics 2016. Sania-Bopanna were up against the British pair of Andy Murray and Heather Watson and won the match 6-4, 6-4 straight. With two consecutive victories in the mixed doubles, the two will now be confident while just one step away to confirm a much-awaited medal for India in this edition of Olympics. (Also Read: India at Rio Olympics 2016: Both Men’s and Women’s Doubles Badminton teams crash out of Olympics 2016)
Earlier, Sania-Bopanna defeated Australia’s Sam Stosur and Jonathan Peers in the previous round with ease to reach the quarter-finals. Though the pair registered a dominant 7-5, 6-4 against Stosur-Peers , the competition was tougher this time as Murray has been in an excellent form lately. The British pair started well, taking the lead in the first set but India made a brilliant comeback to win it. Both the pairs looked equally potent to defeat the other but it were Sania-Bopanna who kept their nerves to draw a positive end to the match.
Though the performance remained clinical in the mixed doubles, India’s journey in men’s and women’s doubles remained highly disappointing. Sania, who paired up with Prarthna Thombare for the women’s doubles, could not take their pair further from the first round losing their first game while a bigger disappointment was to see India’s mens doubles pair of Leander Paes and Bopanna losing it in their very first game.
India so far have not won a medal in the tournament and while the performances of many of the athletes have been praiseworthy, no one could make it to get India their first breakthrough. Apart from tennis, shooting and archery are the two departments where India has disappointed very much, with big names like Abhinav Bindra, Deepika Kumari have failed to bag any medals.