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Archers flop to deliver, Hopes alive in Badminton & Tennis

                         The 6th day in the Rio Olympics saw Indian women archers – Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi, fumbling and hopes of winning a medal in women’s division evaporating. Men’s Hockey team played and fought well but

Bombayla Devi

Bombayla Devi

Dutch were proved a strong nut to crack. India went down 1-2 in their fourth group match. In women’s Hockey too India suffered defeat at the hands of US eves. In Boxing, Shiv Thapa was seen over-cautious and a bit nervous, resulting his exit in the preliminary round. Women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went down to world number one Japanese pair. In men’s doubles section, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy also lost their opening match in the Badminton. SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri were at the tied 27th and 50th spot respectively after the first round in the Golf. But there were some happy moments also, keeping hopes alive of winning few medals in the end. PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth opened their campaign to the satisfactory notes and won their matches comfortably. After suffering setbacks in men’s doubles and women’s doubles events in Tennis, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna finally brought some cheering moments winning their mixed doubles match in impressive fashion. Hereunder are the details how Indians fared –


Deepika Kumari

Deepika Kumari

                           Both Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi crashed out of the competition in the pre-quarter final stage. Deepika lost to the world number two Tan Ya Ting of Chinese Taipei in straight sets 0-6. Deepika didn’t match the skill of her opponent and was not seen fighting at any stage of the match, the score line 27-28, 26-29, 27-30 reveals this fact. Barely half an hour later Bombayla Devi made her exit losing 2-6 to world number 18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico. After losing first set 26-28, Bombayla won back second at 26-23 but then couldn’t stand up to the pressure and went down 27-28, 23-25.


PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu

                         Experienced Saina Nehwal and twice world championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu won their matches remarkably. Sindhu outplayed world number 64 Laura Sarosi of Hungary 21-8, 21-9 in just 27 minutes. Saina Nehwal downed local lad lass Vicente Lohaynny 21-17, 21-17 in 39 minutes. In men’s section, Kidambi Srikanth too started his campaign magnificently, getting the better of Lino Muzon of Mexico 21-11, 21-17 in 41 minutes.

                            The women duo Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost their opening league match to world number one Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto in straight sets 15-21. 10-21. The men’s doubles duo of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy lost 18-21 13-21 to World number two Indonesian-duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.


                             Young and promising boxer Shiv Thapa was of no match to the 4th seed Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez and lost 0-3 in the one-sided contest. He was a bit nervous and over-cautious which let him on the back-foot from the beginning. On the other hand Robeisy, the London Olympic champion in the flyweight division, was confident and resolute. He bagged 10 points from all the three judges to Thapa’s 9 in the first round. He again got 10 in the second round while Thapa got 8, 9 and 9. Robeisy completed the rout getting 10 from all the three judges in the third round.


                            Golfer has made its reappearance since 1904 in these Games. Two golfers – SSP Chawrasia and Anirban Lahiri are representing the country. They scored 71 and 74 respectively in the opening round and stood at tied 27th and 50th spots.


 ind-netherlands                                Both men’s and women’s teams suffered defeat in their respective pool matches. Men’s team went down fighting 1-2 against Netherlands while women’s team was taught a big lesson by USA by inflicting 3-0 defeat. It was third successive defeat for women’s team.

                             Indian men’s team made it to the quarter finals despite the defeat. They now stood third with six points from four matches in their group. Women’s team now had no chance of moving to last eight stage after this defeat.

                              India played well against Netherlands but their failure in converting a penalty corner from as manyindia-USA as five they earned seconds before from the long hooter. Netherlands scored both their goals from penalty corners through Rogier Hoffman in the 32nd minute and Mink van der Weerden in the 54th minute while Indian lone goal was scored by VR Raghunath in the 38th minute.

                             In the India-USA women’s Hockey match, Kathleen Bam struck twice in the 14th and 42nd minute while Melissa Gonzalez sounded the board in the 52nd minute.


Rohan Bopanna / Sania Mirza

Rohan Bopanna / Sania Mirza

                            Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza brought some glory after sad exit of two doubles pairs (Leander Paes/Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza/Prarthana Thombre) in the opening round. The duo defeated the Australian pair of Jonathan Peers and Sam Stosur 7-5, 6-4 in the 1st round in an hour and 13 minutes. They now face Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Great Britain in the quarter final.


… by Arun Arnaw Khare




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