August 1, 2012 11:14:18 am
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna,who had forced parent tennis body AITA to pair them up for the Olympic Games,crashed out of the mega event today after being beaten in straight sets by the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet in the men’s doubles here.
The Bhupathi-Bopanna combine failed to put up any meaningful resistance and lost the second round encounter 3-6 4-6 in an hour and 17 minutes to make their exit that has left Leander Paes,with whom both the players refused to play and his young partner Vishnu Vardhan — as the lone hope for India in tennis.
In badminton,the women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa sailed into the knockout rounds by recording a 21-16 21-15 win in just over half an hour over Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari of Singapore,their second successive win in Group B,to enter the knockout rounds.
Earlier,young guns Parupalli Kashyap and L Devendro Singh came up with stellar displays on Day 4 of the competitions,but India failed to add any medal to the bronze won by rifle shooter Gagan Narang here.
Shuttler Kashyap,25,and boxer Devendro,20,produced top drawer stuff and came up with all-out aggression to floor their respective opponents and storm into the pre-quarterfinals.
Kashyap,from Hyderabad,lit up the morning by shocking his higher ranked rival Tien Minh Nguye of Vietnam,a quarter finalist at the last world championship,in straight games to progress to the last 16 of men’s singles.
Kashyap,ranked 21st in the world,outplayed his rival who is ranked 11 places above him,21-9 21-14 in the second and final Group D match to clinch a berth in the knock-out stage by topping Group D,having beaten Tan Yuhan of Belgium in an earlier group match.
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