In mixed doubles Semi-Finals
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna brought some cheer to Indian fans as
they defeated Britain's Heather Watson and Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4 to storm
into the semi-finals of mixed doubles at 2016 Rio Olympics. The match
lasted 67 minutes only.
The Indian combine can now end the country's medal drought if they
win the next match. Even if they lose it, they will have a chance to
secure the bronze medal. India have only one tennis medal that came
through Leander Paes, who won a singles bronze at 1996 Atlanta Games.
Murray came into the contest after winning his singles quarterfinal
that lasted more than two hours and was a pale shadow of himself.
The world number two, winner of three Grand Slams and singles
defending Olympics champion, seemed conserving his energy for the bigger
battle ahead. His heavy legs and stifled movement on the court made the
task easier for the Indians.
Sania and Bopanna started on a mundane note in the first set as they
were broken in the second game itself to be 0-2 down. However, they
broke back Murray-Watson in the third game to make a brilliant comeback.