The 2016 edition of the Olympics Games saw Tennis Aces take on each other. Despite missing a notable number of names, the Doubles Events seem to be unaffected, and has already witnessed some great matches. Here, we look at some of the results of notable matches taken place in the past few days.
The first doubles rubber of the tournament saw Team India take on Team Poland. Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna were a controversial pairing, and there was a lot of controversy surrounding their participation in the Olympics. And rightly so, they laid all doubts to rest when they lost 6-4, 7-6 to the Polish pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski. Certainly a grave disappointment from a team that had experience, skill and a few expectations to live up to.
But the Polish victory was also short lived as they lost to David Ferrer and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in Round 2.
The home pairing of Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo meanwhile, cruised to a straight sets victory over Team Thailand in Round 1. They followed up their first round victory by defeating Singles World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who was partnering fellow Serb, veteran Nenad Zimonjic, ending the Olympics for Djokovic without a medal.
Also, the pairing of Andre Sa and Thomaz Belluci shut the door on Singles World No.2 Andy Murray, who was partnering his brother Jamie, to represent Great Britian, though they ended up on the losing side, having being beaten by Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi.
Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal had a tough second round, as they beat the Argentinian pairing of Maximo Gonzalez and Djokovic slayer Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
Despite all the results, a few notable names remain in the draw, and more entertaining tennis is to be expected in the time to come.
Indians’ hopes of a medal in tennis were once again held back when the duo of World No.1 Sania Mirza and little known Prarthna Thombare bowed out in the first round, at the hands of Chinese duo of Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang. Despite giving a tough fight, the Chinese pair managed to scrape out a win
However, the biggest upset of the tournament came when three time Olympics Doubles Gold Medallists, The William Sister were beaten in straight sets by Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic. While the elder William bowed out of the Singles Event, Serena Williams looks to be on track to defend her title successfully.
Swiss superstar Martina Hingis and partner Timea Bacsinzsky are into the quarterfinals, having beaten the American duo of Bethanie Matteks Sands and Coco Vandeweghe.
Sara Errani and Roberta once again proved why they are an extremely successful pairing, by beating the strong German team of Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic in straight sets.