On the other hand, Sania and her American partner Bethany Mattek-Sands advanced to the second round of the women’s doubles, but Bopanna and Divij Sharan failed to advance to the first round of the men’s doubles. Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan beat Edouard Roger Veselin and Henri Kottinen in 6 sets in the men’s doubles first round. 7, 4. He got out after losing by 6 runs. Both made the team for the Tokyo Olympics, but did not qualify.
Sania and Bethany regained their momentum after defeating the American and Chilean pair 7-5, 6-3 in the first round in one hour and 27 minutes. Sania and Bethany were under pressure at the beginning of the match when Bethany’s serve was deuce seven times in the third game. The American made three double faults but saved her serve after saving three break points.
Sania and Bethany also had opportunities to break the opponent’s serve when the American player missed a volley at the net. Left-hander Dzire saved his serve after a brilliant serve. Alexa served 15-30 with a forehand out in the 12th game to give the opposing pair two set points and Sania won the first set. In the second set, Sania and Bethany once again broke Alexa’s serve to take a 3-1 lead, after which the pair had no trouble winning the set and the match.
Ankita was playing in the third consecutive Grand Slam tournament. He made his Grand Slam debut this year at the Australian Open. Sania has represented India in Grand Slam tournaments since 2005. Earlier, Indian-American Shikha Oberoi qualified for the US Open women’s singles in 2004 and won her first-round match against Japan’s Saori Obata, but lost to Venus Williams.
After that, Shikha could not reach the main draw of the Grand Slam. Nirupama Vaidyanathan became the first women’s singles player to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam after making it to the Australian Open in 1998. Nirupama Mankad played mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 1971 with Anand Amritraj. undefined
Tags: Ankita Raina, Bethany Mattek, Lauren Davis, Sania Mirza, Tokyo Olympics, Wimbledon, Wimbledon 2021
First Published: July 02, 2021, 11:59 IST