Features Tokyo Olympics: Tennis Hopes Rest On The Pair Of Sania Mirza And Ankita Raina

India’s expectations of a tennis award in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics lay profoundly on the pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina in the ladies’ duplicates class. The two Indian stars have combined together just a single time till now, during India’s Billie Jean King Cup (Fed Cup) crusade, where they displayed some calibrating to put an exceptional record (5-0) in the opposition. The pair were engaged with the 2021 Wimbledon Championship with isolated accomplices in their classifications, and afterward rehearsed together for the Olympics after Wimbledon finished.

Sania, who banded together Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the ladies’ copies classification, shown radiant touch in their first-round success against the pair of Desirae Krawczyk and Alexa Guarachi on Court 8 of Wimbledon on July 1, winning 7-5, 6-3 in straight sets.

The team, in any case, lost in the second round of the opposition. 4-6 3-6 to the pair of Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina.

Glancing back at Sania’s Olympic history, Sania played with any semblance of Sunitha Rao, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Prarthana Thombare in the past three Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro individually.

Her first Olympic Games didn’t go as arranged as she needed to resigned hurt in the first-round singles match against Iveta Benesova because of a wrist injury.

In the ladies’ twofold class, subsequent to getting a walkover in the first round, Sania went down to Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina of Russia in the second-round while cooperating with Rao.

After four years, in London, Saina and Chakravarthi were crushed in the first round by China’s Chuang Chia-jung and Su-Wei Hsieh.

Rio Games additionally end up being a significant disillusionment for Sania, where she neglected to go past the first round in quite a while’s pairs classification, going down to Chinese couple of Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai.

Raina, then again is a lesser-realized element contrasted with her star accomplice.

In the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, she neglected to meet all requirements for the singles occasion in Wimbledon in the wake of losing to America’s Varvara Lepchenko 3-6, 6-7 in the qualifiers.

In the ladies’ copies class, Raina collaborated with America’s Lauren Davis in the first round against Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula.

The Olympic-bound Indian neglected to go past the principal match alongside her accomplice, as they lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, yet Raina played some rousing tennis as she accumulated some vital experience of playing in crunch games.

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Curiously, in an all-Indian conflict, Sania and Rohan Bopanna confronted the pair of Ankita Raina and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the blended duplicates initially round match in Wimbledon on July 2, with the previous securing the distinctions at 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

In spite of the Wimbledon disillusionment for 28-year-old Raina, alongside Sania, the couple can be relied upon to give higher cultivated groups in the Olympics an extreme test and ideally, an award winning presentation.

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