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Lucie Hradecka / Radek Stepanek defeat Sania Mirza / Rohan Bopanna 6-1, 7-5 to win bronze

Mirza/Bopanna 1-6, 5-7 Hradecka/Stepanek
Updated: 14 August 2016 21:57 IST - Published: 14 August 2016 19:37 IST
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India's tennis campaign for the 2016 Olympics began with much drama and controversy, but it has ended with a whimper. Nothing much to say at this point, except - next time they should concentrate on the tennis and leave aside all the politics!

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Both Bopanna and Sania were less than sharp with their game today, to put it mildly. Sania at first couldn't impose herself on the proceedings whatsoever, and Bopanna kept making double faults and baseline errors. The second set was infinitely better from both, but the 2 double faults by Sania in the penultimate game really cost the team dear. Stepanek and Hradecka didn't need a second invitation after being handed a break on a platter like that, and it wasn't a surprise when they held comfortably in the last game to take the second set, and with it the match.

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So much was expected from Sania and Bopanna after they defeated Andy Murray and Heather Watson in the quarterfinals, but their campaign has come to a dispiriting and disappointing end. No medal for India at Rio yet, and the wait doesn't seem like ending any time soon.

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Bopanna and Mirza just had too many errors from their side and they lost points in crucial moments of the game. The second set was more competitive than the first but it was just a matter of who could outlast the other over the course of the two sets!

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Stepanek and Hradecka, meanwhile, look like they've just conquered Mount Everest, and you can't blame them. Stepanek in particular plays a very passionate, mental brand of tennis, and the emotions are bound to flow after a victory like this.

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It ended up being a very comfortable hold in that last game. Their combination play was just too hot for the Indians to handle! Stepanek especially was brilliant in both his service game and his variety of shots!

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Sania and Bopanna look thoroughly deflated, and you've got to feel for them. They couldn't get over the disappointment of yesterday's lost opportunity against Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram, and they never really seemed into it today.

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Stepanek and Hradecka have defeated Bopanna and Sania 6-1, 7-5 to take the bronze medal in the mixed doubles event. Well-deserved!

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That's it!! The Czechs have won the Bronze medal!!

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Sania nets the forehand, and the Czechs win!

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A brilliant DTL backhand from Hradecka brings up 2 match points for the Czechs!

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Sania throws the kitchen sink on her forehand return, but Stepanek smartly steps across to intercept it for another volley winner. 30-15 now, and the Czechs are 2 points away.

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A double fault from Hradecka gives the Indians some respite. 15-15 now.

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Stepanek puts away an easy forehand volley on the first point, to give the Czechs a 15-0 lead. Things are looking grim for the Indians at the moment.

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The Indians had a bit of misfortune at the end of that game, but they were responsible for putting themselves in that position in the first place. 2 double faults in a game from Sania is inexcusable.

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India dug themselves into a hole, and it was too deep to dig themselves out of. The Czechs raced to a  40-0 lead. Indians got it back to 40-30 but could not prevent the break. The Czechs will serve for the match!

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Hradecka will now serve for the match after the changeover, and India's medal hopes seem to be evaporating fast.

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Bad luck for the Indians! A net-chord goes against them, and the Czechs break for a 6-5 lead.

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A brilliant crosscourt forehand from Sania draws an error from Hradecka, and it's 30-40 now.

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A brilliant point ends with a Stepanek lob sailing long! It's 15-40, with still 2 break points for the Czechs.

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Disaster for the Indians! Sania hits the second double fault of the game to give the Czechs 3 break points.

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A really soft first serve is returned into the open court by Stepanek for a winner, and it's 0-30 on Sania's serve now.

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And she starts with a double fault! Not a good omen for the Indians.

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Stepanek forced the Indian pair to play the lob shots in that service game and they played into the Czechs hands.