Stirring up Racquets – Tennis and Badminton star at Rio
Quite a mixed performance on Day 6, as Archers and Boxer bowed out, while Tennis and Singles Badminton triumphed.
Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna delivered the goods at their match against Aussies Samantha Stosur and John Peers. They trumped their opponents in straight sets of 7-5, 6-4, and advanced into the quarterfinals.
PV Sindhu vanquished Hungary’s Laura Sarosi 21-8 and 21-9, in her first game at the Rio Olympics 2016. Sindhu will next meet Michelle Li of Canada on 14 Aug.
Saina Nehwal, similarly, thrashed her opponent Lohaynny Vicente of the hist nantion, Brazil, with 21-17, 21-17 score sets. The London Olympics Bronze medalist will next lock horns with Marija Ulitina on 14 Aug.
Ranked World 11, Srikanth Kidambi saw off Lino Munoz of Mexico, with a 21-11, 21-17 victory. Kidambi’s next match will be against Swede Henri Hurskainen on 14th Aug.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were defeated by the top-seeded Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo, Ayaka Takahashi. The scores were 15-21, 10-21.
Ponappa and Gutta will next face the 11th-seeded Dutch pairing of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek on Friday. That match will decide their entry into the quarterfinals.
Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri failed to muster a win against the Indonesian pair of Ahsan Mohammad and Setiawan Hendra. They lost the match 18-21, 13-21.
In their next match, the Indian pair will encounter China’s Chai Biao and Hong Wei, today.
Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi bowed out of the Rio Olympics after they lost their respective games against World No.2 Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei and World No.18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico.
Shiv Thapa lost out the first round to the defending champion Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba. This marked the exit of the Indian boxer.
The Indian women hockey team is piling up defeat on defeat, after it lost out to the US team yesterday with a dismal 0-3 performance. Now, India has been deposited in the second-last position of their pool. To reclaim chances to the quarterfinals, the team will have to beat the higher-ranked Argentina team, on Aug 13.
While the Indian Men’s Hockey Team got pummeled by World No 2 Netherlands 1-2, it still managed to slide into the quarterfinals, courtesy the 4-4 draw of the Argentina-Germany match. This is the first time India is advancing to the quarterfinals in 36 years.
USA continues to be on top position, with Michael Phelps adding on a medal almost every other day. Simon Biles’ electrifying performance is another prime reasons for the medals shoot-up.
In Other News:
- “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles“, said US Gymnast Simone Biles, who scored another gold medal, winning the all-round event at the Gymnastics, yesterday.
- Michael Phelps is now breaking Ancient Olympics records. His victory on Thursday gave him his 13th individual Olympic title, breaking a first-place tie with Leonidas of Rhodes, who won 12 individual titles in the stadion, diaulos and hoplite races at the Ancient Olympic Games (the 164, 160, 156 and 152 BC editions).
- USA’s Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming. She won the gold in the 100m freestyle event.