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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.