August 14, 2016 10:05:16 pm
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna’s disappointment of semi-final loss against Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram carried into the bronze medal match against Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic with the Indian pairing bowing out tamely in just over an hour by 1-6, 5-7. The loss means India’s medal-less run at Rio continued with bronze medal also out of hopes.
Mirza and Bopanna had a miserable serve in the match with the pair down 5-0 in the first set before they finally got on the board with Bopanna holding serve from 15-40 down.
The second set was bit more even with Indian pair breaking the Hradecka serve to go 3-1 up after Mirza sent booming forehands into the back of the court and a cross-court winner clinched the break of serve. However, their serve was broken back immediately with Mirza sending her volley wide. The teams continued to hold serves with chances popping up in between but none were taken until the 11th game.
Mirza, serving at 5-5, double faulted to bring up three break points for the Czechs. India managed to save two but not the third which had luck of the net for the Czechs as Bopanna scampered to pick up a drop shot which hit the net and popped over. But he couldn’t control it and it went long.
In the final game, Hradecka served out comfortably with Mirza sending her forehand into the net for the Czechs to rejoice and India to come back empty handed in yet another event.
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