Rio 2016, Day 6: India's Women Archery Campaign Ends, Sania-Bopanna in Quarters
While archers Deepika and Bombayla crashed out in the pre-quarters, India's badminton stars Saina, Sindhu and Srikanth won their opening matches and Sania-Bopanna started off in fine fashion.
Deepika Kumari (Getty Images)
Rio de Janeiro: The mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna and men's hockey team sealed the quarterfinal spots at Rio Olympics, even as India's campaign continued to be haunted by setbacks in archery, boxing and women's hockey on the sixth day of competitions here.
Indian shuttlers had a mixed day in office as women singles players -- Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu -- made a resounding start to their campaign but the women's doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, and men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost their opening matches.
For the Indian archers - Deepika Kumari and L Bombayla Devi - and boxer Shiva Thapa, it was the end of the road.
Indian women's hockey team also put up a lacklustre performance, slumping to a 0-3 defeat against USA in its penultimate Group B match to lose its third successive game.
The Indian duo of Sania and Bopanna entered the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event of tennis competition with a straight-set win over Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and John Peers.
The fourth seeded Indians, who are being touted as India's medal hope at the Olympics, won their opening round match 7-5 6-4 in 73 minutes.
In the quarterfinals, the Indian duo will take on the unseeded Great Britain pair of Andy Murray and Heather Watson.
The Indian men's hockey team, meanwhile, did not put a great show, wasting as many as five penalty corners seconds from the final hooter to go down 1-2 against Netherlands, but it still managed to book a quarterfinal berth.
India made it to the quarterfinals, owing to the reigning Olympic champions Germany playing out a 4-4 draw with Argentina in another Pool B match.
India are now on third spot in the Pool B standings with six points from four matches. Even if they lose against Canada in their last group match tomorrow, India are certain to make it to the last eight stage.
Argentina are at fourth spot with five points while Ireland are fifth with three points. Canada are at the bottom with no point. Top four finishers from Pool A and Pool B qualify for the quarterfinals.
Earlier in the day, London Games bronze winner Saina staved off a spirited challenge from World No. 73 Brazilian Vicente Lohaynny 21-17 21-17 in a women's singles match that lasted 39 minutes, while two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu spanked World No. 64 Laura Sarosi of Hungary 21-8 21-9 in 27 minutes.
Saina will face World No. 61 Maria Ulitina of Ukraine in a Group G match and ninth seed Sindhu will clash with Glasgow Commonwealth Games champion Li Michelle of Canada in Group M to complete the preliminary group engagements.
Jwala and Ashwini, however, lost their women's doubles league opener after going down 15-21 10-21 to the World No.1 Japanese pair of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsumoto. Men's doubles duo of Manu and Sumeeth lost 18-21 13-21 to World No.2 Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
Young boxer Shiva Thapa (56kg) bowed out of the Olympic Games after being out-punched by fourth-seeded Cuban Robeisy Ramirez in the opening round here today.
The 22-year-old, competing in his second Olympics, lost 0-3 in a one-sided contest, in which he also ended up sustaining a cut above his left eye.
The Indian boxing challenge is now limited to Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) and both of whom have advanced to the pre-quarterfinals.
India's campaign in women's archery came to an abrupt end with the elimination of Deepika and Bombayla at the pre-quarterfinal stage of the eliminations.
Both Deepika and Bombayla crashed out after being found wanting in pressure-cooker atmosphere.
Deepika, the young exponent from Jharkhand who was in her second Games, and third-time Olympian Bombayla were knocked out without putting up much of a fight in their respective pre-quarterfinal elimination matches.
Deepika was up against World No.2 Tan Ya-Ting of Chinese Taipei, and was blanked 0-6 -- losing in straight sets -- while Bombayla lost 2-6 to World No.18 Alejandra Valencia of Mexico, after winning the second set.
Both the archers were guilty of letting their nerves get the better of them.
The slender hopes in archery now rests on the less fancied Atanu Das, who is in the pre-quarters of the men's event and will be in action tomorrow.
In men's hockey, India slumped to their second defeat in Pool B.
Netherlands scored both their goals from penalty corners through Rogier Hoffman (32nd minute) and Mink van der Weerden (54th), while India's lone goal came from the stick of VR Raghunath (38th).
But the match witnessed intense drama in the final seconds as India did not bow out without a fight against the world number two side.
Here are India's Results on Day 6 at Rio 2016:
1. Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa lost first doubles group match to Japan's Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo.
2. Saina Nehwal won her first singles group match against Brazil's Lohaynny Vicente.
3. PV Sindhu won her first singles group match against Laura Sarosi of Hungary.
1. Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy lost their first doubles group match against Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
2. Kidambi Srikanth won his first group match against Lino Munoz of Mexico.
Tennis (mixed doubles)
1. Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopannna moved into the quarterfinals after beating the Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and John Peers.
1. Deepika Kumari and Bombayla Devi crashed out of women's individual event after losing their respective quarterfinal matches.
1. India lost to Netherlands by 2-1 but qualified for the quarterfinals after Argentina held Germany to a draw. India still have a pool game in hand against Canada.
1. India lost to USA 3-0 and are almost out of contention for the quarterfinals.
1. Shiva Thapa crashed out of the Olympics after losing his 56kg Bantamweight bout against defending Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba.
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