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Rio 2016: Tennis stars look to open their campaign in style

Updated on: 06 August,2016 08:33 AM IST  | 
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India's feuding tennis stars would present their challenge for a medal from today with Leander Paes, who arrived late, teaming up with Rohan Bopanna for the opening men's doubles match

Rio 2016: Tennis stars look to open their campaign in style

Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes


Rio de Janeiro: India's feuding tennis stars would present their challenge for a medal from today with Leander Paes, who arrived late, teaming up with Rohan Bopanna for the opening men's doubles match.


Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes
Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes

The Indian duo are pitted against the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Lukas Kubot in the opening round today. In the women's draw, Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare are starting their women's doubles campaign against the Chinese pair of Peng Shuai and Shuai Zhang in the first round.


India's biggest so far contingent to Olympics this year is raising expectations of the largest medals haul at the summer Games — and tennis will naturally be keenly followed back home with expectations of podium finishes.

India will compete in three categories — Paes-Bopanna in the men's doubles, Sania-Prarthana in the women's doubles, and Bopanna-Sania in the mixed doubles. India won six medals at the London Games in 2012, their best haul so far at the Olympics, but none in tennis.

India's overall unimpressive record at the Olympics is in sync with its poor haul in tennis of just an individual bronze (by Paes in singles at Atlanta 1996).


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