Thursday, August 14, 2008

Paes-Bhupathi wins, Sania-Sunitha loses

The reunited Indian tennis pair of Leander Paes/ Mahesh Bhupathi advanced to the quarterfinals in the Men’s Doubles while Sania Mirza/ Sunitha Rao bowed out.

Leander-Mahesh Show
Once again, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were clinical in despatching the Brazilian pair Marcelo Melo/ Andre SA. The Indians took 69 minutes to win the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Like in the last round, they did not provide any break opportunities to the opponents. They broke the Brazilian pair in the third game of the first set and then the set went on serve until the Indians completed the set 6-4. In the second set, they broke the service in the very first game and in the seventh game to take the set 6-2. Leander/ Mahesh won 65 points compared to 44 points by the opponents.

Roger Federer Awaits Next
The quarterfinals match will really test the Indian pair. They are up against the giant, Roger Federer. The 7th seeded Indians have to sum all their doubles experience to go past the 4th seeded Swiss pair of Roger Federer/ Stanislas Wawrinka.

Sania will be disappointed
The Indian women’s pair of Sania Mirza/ Sunitha Rao went down to the top seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova/ Dinara Safina of Russia. Throughout the match, the players found it difficult to hold the serve. There were as many as 5 break of serves in both the sets. It’s a very close game, but the Indians were unable to really capitalize. Sania Mirza might be disappointed overall without posting any win on the Olympics stage, as she had retired in the first round of the singles event earlier.

Pictures of Leander Paes/ Mahesh Bhupathi during their match against the Brazilian pair:

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi in actionOlympics Day 5 - Tennis

Mahesh Bhupathi servesOlympics Day 5 - Tennis

Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes walk to the baselineOlympics Day 5 - Tennis

Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes celebrate winning the first setOlympics Day 5 - Tennis


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