Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna India Tennis, 2016 Olympic Games Highlights, August 14: Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna lost to Czech pair Hradecka-Stepanek in the bronze medal qualifiers

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India’s last hope to win a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games collapsed when Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lost to Czechs Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek in the bronze match of the mixed doubles tennis tournament today. Following their loss to Americans Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, Mirza-Bopanna was looking to seal her bronze medal in today’s game. However, the Czech pair dominated the opening set winning 6-1, leaving the Indian duo no time to settle in. While Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna tried to retaliate in the second set, Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek were too good for them that day! They won the second set 7-5 beating the Indian pair who had high hopes on them.Also read – Leander Peas is a leader while Mahesh Bhupathi is a shy and introverted person: Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna had a good tournament as they beat Heather Watson and Andy Murray quite convincingly in the quarterfinals. Their 6-4, 6-4 victory over the British pair gave them great confidence to continue in the tournament. However, they lost to American pair Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals (6-2, 2-6, 3-10) after leading them into the third set. This meant they had to face the Czech pair of Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek for the bronze medal. The Indian pair couldn’t get off to a good start and failed to gain momentum in the first set. Bopanna’s double faults and basic mistakes combined with Mirza’s lack of dominance today resulted in their 6-1, 7-5 loss leading to India exiting the 2016 Olympics tennis events without a medal . Read also – Davis Cup: Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan crack in a doubles match to win, India loses 1-3 against Finland

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