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Rio 2016 Olympics: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna blast Oz pair 7-5 6-4, reach quarterfinals

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Fri August 12 2016, 11:06 am
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    Rio 2016 Olympics: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna vs Samantha Stosur and John Peers - In the mixed doubles tennis event, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna today beat the strong challenge from Samantha Stosur and John Peers to enter the quarterfinals of the competition at the Rio Olympics. The Indian pairing dispatched the Australians in straight sets with an exemplary exhibition of power play that left their rivals stunned, even though the first set score indicates it was a closer fight than it seemed. (Photo: Twitter)

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    Indian hopes are now riding on both Sania and Rohan to fetch a medal, preferably gold for the country. That hope really got some encouragement as they were not made to even sweat in their opening round match as they posted a 7-5 6-4 triumph in just 73 minutes. (PTI)

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    Rohan Bopanna has informed the Chairman Selection Committee that due to a knee injury which he suffered during US Open, he has been advised two weeks rest from competition. (Photo: Twitter)

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    The conditions for the players were not ideal because the temperatures plummeted. The match was also delayed well beyond 3.30pm local time because of the men's doubles semifinals featuring Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez – the match lasted over two hours. First set saw no dropped point and it was only in the ninth game that Peers' serve was broken. The Indians were leading 5-4 and served for the set. However, a lapse of concentration allowed Oz to break back immediately against the run of play. Thee dominance of the Indians came back into force right after that momentary lapse in concentration to break back and take four straight points on Stosur's weak service - the first set lasted 36 minutes. (PTI)

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    Rohan Bopanna has informed the Chairman Selection Committee that due to a knee injury which he suffered during US Open, he has been advised two weeks rest from competition. (Photo: Twitter)

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    The power shots India were now unleashing were leaving the Australians standing flatfooted allowing Sania and Rohan to race to a 4-2 lead. The 10th game was the last nail in the Oz coffin, in a manner of speaking, as Bopanna slammed three aces. It was a massive win and will give the Indian duo a lot of confidence ahead of stiffer challenges. (PTI)

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    Sania Mirza said this after the match, "For me it would be amazing to win a medal at the Olympics. It would mean the world us. We would do whatever we can and put our best forward." Now that the Indian pair has qualified for the quarters, it will come face to face with the Great Britain duo – the iconic Andy Murray and Heather Watson. They have however, not been seeded, but the challenge that Andy poses will be beyond strong as he is one of the top ranked singles players in the world -they are unseeded though. (Photo: Twitter)

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