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Rio Olympics 2016, Tennis: Sania Mirza/Rohan Bopanna vs Andy Murray/Heather Watson

Sania Mirza / Rohan Bopanna def. Andy Murray / Heather Watson 6-4, 6-4.
Updated: 13 August 2016 03:47 IST - Published: 13 August 2016 00:09 IST
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We'll be back with our live coverage of the semifinals tomorrow. For now, we'll say goodbye, and good night!

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So an excellent day for the Indian team and the Indian fans, who finally have something to cheer for after 7 fruitless days. Sania and Bopanna could well win the first medal for India at the Rio Olympics!

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Sania and Bopanna will play their semifinal tomorrow, and the match will likely be scheduled for around 12 a.m. IST. If the Indians fail to win that match, they will still have a chance to win a bronze medal, by competing in the 3rd-place playoff.

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Sania and Bopanna will face the winners of the match between Venus Williams / Rajeev Ram and Fabio Fognini / Roberta Vinci, that is scheduled to take place later today. It will be interesting to see a battle between Venus and Sania on this slow-ish court, with neither player getting a lot of free points off their groundstrokes.

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Murray was clearly not at his best, and Watson struggled to handle the pace of Sania's forehand and Bopanna's serve, but the Indians were totally on their game - and would probably have defeated most opponents on this day.

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Sania and Bopanna have defeated Murray and Watson 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the Olympics mixed doubles semifinals. What a fantastic performance from them!

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Yes they can! Bopanna comes dangerously close to the line with an overhead smash but Hawk-eye shows it was in!

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But now Bopanna comes up with a big serve, and they've got a third match point. CAn they take this one?

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Sania misses a backhand volley, and both the match points have evaporated! Signs of nerves here from the Indian, and we're at deuce.

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Watson saves the first match point with an easy crosscourt putaway, but Bopanna now has another chance to finish this match. 40-30.

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An absolutely fantastic forehand volley by Bopanna elicits an error from Watson, and the Indians have 2 match points!

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Another ace! The Indians are now 2 points away from the semis.

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And he follows it up with a double fault. 15-15.

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An ace to start the game! 15-0.

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The Indian team, however, is firmly in the driver's seat. Bopanna will come out and serve for the match after the break, and you've got to say he'd be favoured to get the job done.

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Where has that Murray been? An absolutely gorgeous drop volley off his shoelaces is too good for Bopanna, and he holds serve to keep the Brits within touching distance. 

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A big serve by Murray brings up 3 game points for the Brits.

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Bopanna went for a flamboyant-looking swing volley, but didn't quite get his feet up to the ball. 30-0 now.

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Sania misses yet another return, and it's 15-0 to the Brits.

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Murray serving to stay in the match now.

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And another unreturned serve gives the Indians a 5-3 lead! They are just one game away from a semifinal spot now.

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Got a little carried away there? Sania double faults to make it 40-15.

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And now it's an ace to bring up 3 game points for the Indians.

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Sania wins two straight points off her serve, and it's 30-0 now. Sania hasn't faced a break point today, just like yesterday - that's quite the stunning statistic!

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It has to be said that Watson was allowed to escape with a hold there. She is not the biggest server in the world, and yet Sania and Bopanna combined to miss three routine returns. They would be praying that those misses don't come back to haunt them.

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Bopanna misses another return, and Watson holds for 3-4. Will the Indians end up ruing the missed opportunity to go up a double break? 

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Watson held her own magnificently on that point, and finishes it off with a clever backhand that goes past Bopanna. Game point for the Brits now at 40-30!

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Now it's Bopanna's turn to go for too much on the return, and he nets the forehand! 30-30.

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But Sania goes for too much on the return, and it's 15-30.

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India lead 4-2 in the second set. What a forehand from Sania Mirza. It's her signature move and it's Heather Watson whose serve is getting utterly butchered today.

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Watson under tremendous pressure.

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Now Watson misses a routine crosscourt backhand, and it's 0-30 to the Indians. They can smell the win here.

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And Sania absolutely hammers yet another crosscourt forehand, to which Watson has no reply. 0-15.

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Huge service game for Watson now. She absolutely needs to hold if Britain are to have any chance of winning this match.

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"That ball was ON THE LINE! You cannot be serious!"

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And Bopanna finishes off with an excellent overhead, to make it 4-2 to the Indians.

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Three Wimbledon winners on court here and one can't help but recall the words of another Wimbledon champion. A famous, famous one.

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Murray getting into an animated conversation with the umpire now, and it seems the point has been awarded to the Indians.

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Brilliant stuff today from the Indians. Hawkeye is confused...

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Bopanna challenges the out call on his serve, and the replay shows it's on the line, but strangely, the reading on the screen said 'Out'! Is Hawkeye drunk?

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Sania and Bopanna are in full flow now, and all they need is three holds of serve to get into the semifinals. Bopanna takes them some way there with two great serves, making it 30-0 for the Indians.

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And now Bopanna unloads on the forehand, giving the Indians the break! The finish line is in sight now.

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Murray needs a big first serve.

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And a cracking forehand return from Sania brings up break point for the Indians!

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WTA Newsflash: Angelique Kerber has beat Madison Keys 6-3, 7-5 to book her spot in the finals of the women's singles! She'll face off against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, who upset Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the first women's semifinal of the night.

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Watson stones a volley to make it 30-30. Dangerous times for the Brits.

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Murray is looking distinctly off-colour, but he's certainly trying his best to stay in this match.

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Bopanna went for the spectacular crosscourt backhand return, but he couldn't clear the net. 15-15 now.

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Was that an unforced error we saw? Off the racquet of Andy Murray? He's not been the characteristically speedy Murray we see, and he nets a shot off Mirza.

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But he misses a routine backhand in the net, and the Indians are once again level at 2-2 in this second set.