After sleeping with the high given by Mirabai Chanu’s win the other day, Indians woke up with an upset this morning. The duo of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina, who had flown to Tokyo amidst many expectations, crashed out in the first round itself.
Sania and Raina lost to Ukrainian twin sisters Nadiia and Liudmyla Kichenok, in the Tennis Women’s Doubles match held this morning. It was not like the match was one-sided. Sania and Raina dominated the game in the first half.
They won the first set with 6-0. They were leading the second set with 5-3. That’s when Kichenok sisters made a solid comeback and won the second set with a score of 6-7. In the final set, the sisters managed to beat the Indian duo with a score of 8-10. Once the Kichenok sisters started dominating, there was no answer by Sania and Raina.
For Sania, this is the fourth Olympic appearance and for Raina, it is a maiden experience. Sania’s fans are very upset as this may probably become the last Olympic appearance of the iconic player.