Rio Olympics 2016 Highlights Day 8: Sania-Rohan lose in semis; Lalita Babar into finals

Aug, 14 2016 IST

  • 06:09 (IST)

    That's all the Indian action from Rio 2016 on Day 8! Thank you so much for tuning in.

  • 05:28 (IST)

    Doubles Badminton: Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy win their final group match, 23-21 21-11 over Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

  • 05:13 (IST)

    Doubles Badminton: Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy win the first game 23-21. 

    Very tight finish to the first game but the Indians staged a good comeback to win it.

  • 04:57 (IST)

    Now under way: Doubles Badminton

    Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy are in action in their final group match against Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

  • 04:56 (IST)

  • 03:48 (IST)

    Still to come:

    Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy will play their last group match in badminton doubles and hope to end their Rio 2016 campaign with a win. They are already out of contention for qualifying for the next round. 

  • 02:46 (IST)

    But there's still hope for a medal!

    Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will face either #USA's Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock or Czech Republic's Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek for the bronze medal play-off on Sunday.

  • 02:42 (IST)

    Unfortunate heart-breaking loss for the Indians. They were so close to making it to the final but got undone in the match tie-break.

    Credit to the Americans, especially Venus Williams, for stepping it up when it really mattered.

  • 02:37 (IST)

    Mixed Doubles Tennis: India's Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lose to USA 6-2, 2-6, 10-3 in the semis.

  • 02:36 (IST)

    Venus Williams playing at another level in the match TB. USA now lead 6-3.

  • 02:27 (IST)

    Both teams have had two mini-breaks each in teh match tie-break. 3-3.

    Remember, the first team to 10 points with a difference of two wins.

  • 02:22 (IST)

    Mixed Doubles Tennis: The Americans win the second set, 6-2.

    We are headed into a match tie-break.

  • 02:19 (IST)

    Another set point for USA as Sania Mirza nets a forehand. 

  • 02:18 (IST)

    Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna save one set point. Deuce. 

  • 02:18 (IST)

  • 02:15 (IST)

    Small window of opportunity for India at 30-all but Venus Williams quickly snuffed it out with a great serve and some fanstactic returns. She's playing much better now in the second set.

    Sania Mirza to serve to stay alive in the second set. 5-2.

  • 02:11 (IST)

    Crucial hold from Rohan Bopanna to stay in touching distance in 2nd set. USA lead 4-2.

    Venus Williams to serve next. The Indians will look to target her to break back.

  • 02:06 (IST)

  • 02:06 (IST)

    In the second set, Sania Mirza is the first to drop serve.

    Some excellent returning from Rajeev Ram and despite saving one break point, Mirza couldn't hold. 3-1 to the Americans. 

  • 01:56 (IST)

    Mixed Doubles Tennis: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna take the first set, 6-2!

    The Indians have looked the far better team and playing some sensational tennis. 

  • 01:46 (IST)

    Rohan Bopanna is killing it!

    First, a great backhand cross-court pass that just clipped the line. Followed it up with a forehand winner down the line!

    And India break once again. 

    Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna are just one game away from winning the first set. 5-2.

  • 01:44 (IST)

    Another comfortable hold for Bopanna and he puts India ahead, 4-2. He is coming up with the goods on hise serve so far. Some big, booming service winners. 

     

  • 01:33 (IST)

    India draw first blood by breaking Venus Williams' serve to love! 

    Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna lead 2-1. 

  • 01:27 (IST)

    Mixed Doubles Tennis:

    Rajeev Ram starts off proceeding by serving first. Ready? Play!

    Some big serve from the American and he holds comfortbaly 1-0.

  • 01:24 (IST)

  • 01:19 (IST)

  • 01:17 (IST)

    It's time!

    India's Sania Mirza/Rohan Bopanna vs USA's Venus Williams/Rajeev Ram for a place in the finals.

  • 23:55 (IST)

    Tennis Updates:

    Petra Kvitova won the bronze medal in the women's singles event, beating Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 6-2!

    She becomes the first Czech to win a medal in 20 years. 

    Andy Murray beat Kei Nishikori convincingly, 6-1, 6-4 to enter the men's singles finals. He is assured of yet another medal fo rGreat Britain, after winning the gold in 2012.

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Tennis update

    India's Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna take on USA's Venus Williams-Rajeev Ram in the semifinals. The match is scheduled 3rd, on Court 1 at the Rio 2016 Olympics tennis event.

  • 22:04 (IST)

  • 21:44 (IST)

    Mairaj Ahmad Khan update!

  • 21:41 (IST)

  • 21:16 (IST)

    Bolt from the blue!

  • 21:03 (IST)

  • 21:02 (IST)

    Jwala Gutta - Ashwini Ponnappa lose 1st game 21-17 to Thailand.

  • 20:59 (IST)

    Badminton

    Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnapa trying to win their last Rio Olympics 2016
    match over here.

  • 20:58 (IST)

  • 20:33 (IST)

  • 20:30 (IST)

    Mairaj Khan update

    Mairaj Ahmad Khan currently in 7th position with 121 points. According to Abhinav Bindra, a shoot off will decide top 6 positions. 

  • 20:04 (IST)

    Hockey Updates: Firstpost expert Sundeep Misra: Disappointment for India as they finish last in the table. They will have to search for answers. Too many questions and at the moment very few answers. Yet the girls should be proud. They have made it to the Olympics and they need to be there. The Indian goalkeeper Savita did try her best but Argentina played at a different level.

  • 20:02 (IST)

  • 20:01 (IST)

    Abhinav Bindra speaks on Mairaj Ahmad Khan

  • 20:00 (IST)

    Hockey Updates: That's it! The hooter goes and India women's Hockey team fails to qualify for quarterfinal after 5-0 loss to Argentina.

  • 19:54 (IST)

    What a feat by Lalita Babar!

  • 19:51 (IST)

    Hockey Updates: Great opportunity for Argentina but Carla Rebecchi's shot is saved by an Indian defender. Just around 7 mins left for Argentina and a quarter-final place.

     

  • 19:51 (IST)

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Hockey Updates: It's another PC. But Argentina are taking a referral. India don't get the PC. Drop in intensity from Argentina. India taking advantage and playing possession hockey and moving forwards upfront.

  • 19:47 (IST)

    Hockey Updates: Great opportunity for Vandana. But the shot is wide. Great run. And now they get a PC. With the way India are playing, they do deserve a goal.

     

  • 19:47 (IST)

    Mairaj Ahmad Khan in 5th position currently with 22 points in Series 5.

  • 19:45 (IST)

Rio de Janeiro: India's focus on day eight will be centered around tennis mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna who are to take on the US pair of Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram on Saturday in the semi finals at the Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

India's sagging fortunes in the Games got a major boost with Sania and Bopanna cruising into the mixed doubles semis in tennis on day seven of competitions while Vikas Kishan punched his way into the boxing quarter-finals.

Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna celebrate their win in the quarterfinals. AFP

Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna celebrate their win in the quarterfinals. AFP

Their dominant show came on a day when shooters continued to misfire, archers shot way off the mark while shuttlers and track and field athletes performed below par at this Brazilian city.

Sania and Bopanna subdued Britain's Andy Murray and Heather Watson with remarkable ease to breeze into the mixed doubles semifinals with a 6-4 6-4 win in just 67 minutes.

One more victory tonight, over US star Venus and her Indian-origin partner Rajeev in the semis will ensure India a silver medal while a defeat would give Sania and Bopanna a chance to fight for the bronze.

Vikas then stood a win away from an elusive Olympic medal as he outclassed Turkey's Sipal Onder 3-0 to make the quarter-finals of men's 75kg middleweight boxing.

Former Asian Games gold medal winner Vikas seemed the more assured boxer and will face his stiffest challenge against Bektemir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan, who has also beaten the Indian in the final of the 2015 Asian Championships, tomorrow and a win will ensure the Indian a bronze medal.

Prior to these bright spots, India did not have anything to cheer about.

The men's hockey team, already assured of a berth in the quarter-finals, led twice against lowly Canada before allowing their rivals to bounce back and earn a 2-2 draw in their concluding pool game.

They will meet Group A champions Belgium in the quarter-finals Sunday. London Games bronze winning shooter Gagan Narang and Chain Singh bowed out of Rifle Prone in the qualification, even as Gurpreet Singh and Mairaj Ahmed Khan finished the stage 1 qualifying of 25m rapid fire pistol and men's skeet on 10th position. They will continue their participation on Saturday.

To add to the woes, the country's athletes made a disastrous beginning in track and field events with star discus thrower Vikas Gowda buckling under pressure to finish a distant 28th with a best throw of 58.99 metres and was eliminated.

Later the tale of misery continued with quarter miler Mohammed Anas, half miler Jinson Johnson, the trio of 20km race walkers - Gurmeet Singh, Manish Singh Rawat and Krishnan Ganapathy, long jumper Ankit Sharma and woman sprinter Dutee Chand bowing out without causing a ripple.

Today women steeplechasers Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh, along with woman quarter miler Nirmala Sheoran will be striving to advance from preliminaries.

The day commenced with Atanu Das letting slip chances in his men's individual recurve pre-quarterfinal to bow out of contention and draw curtains on India's fruitless campaign in archery.

Taking aim amid heavy rain, Atanu went down 4-6 to World No.8 Lee Seung-Yun, who had already helped South Korea win the team gold at the event, by losing two sets and winning one while the rest two ended in ties.

The Indian lost 28-30, 30-28, 27-27, 27-28 28-28 to bring to an end the country's medal-less campaign.

Women archers Laishram Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Laxmirani Majhi have already bowed out of contention after losing in both the women's team and individual events.

The script was no different in another precision sport, shooting, where seasoned Narang and Chain Singh flopped in the 50m rifle prone event.

While Narang, who won the London Games bronze in 10m Air Rifle, signed off 13th with a total score of 623.1, Singh was way down at 36th with a score of 619.6 in the qualification round.

The poor show of shooters continued on day one of the two-day men's skeet and 25m rapid fire events where Mairaj and Gurpreet were lying behind the field but have a chance to atone today.

In badminton, the experienced duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was eliminated from women's doubles event after losing a second successive group A clash while Manu

Attri and his partner B Sumeeth Reddy crashed to their second defeat in the group and were knocked out of medal reckoning.

In a rollercoaster game against the Dutch team of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek, Jwala and Ashwini went down 16-21 21-16 17-21 in a 48-minute clash.

Lying second from bottom in the group standings, Jwala and Ashwini will have just pride to play for when they take on Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Indonesia in their final group clash.

Manu and Sumeeth lost to the Chinese pair of Biao Chai and Wei Hong 13-21 15-21. They lost 18-21 13-21 to World No 2 Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan Friday.

They will finish their Olympics by taking on the Japanese duo of Endo Hiroyuki and Hayakawa Kenichi on Sunday.

In golf, SSP Chawrasia brought home a second successive even-par 71 to lie tied 30th while Anirban Lahiri carded a disappointing two-over 73 to be placed tied 51st after the second round of the four-round stroke play competition.