History was made when the duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna won the all-Indian Wimbledon match on Friday. This match also marked the first time two teams of Indian players went head to head in the Grand Slam tournament.
The mixed pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna competed against a newly formed duo Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ankita Raina in the all-Indian mixed doubles first-round match at the Wimbledon Tennis Court. They scored 6-2 7-6 (5) and won the match.
Bopanna delivered solid groundstrokes from the baseline as well as executed a superior net game. Even though Rohan Bopanna performed well in this match, Divij Sharan and he competed in the men’s doubles and are out of the competition.
This win came after Sania Mirza made her winning comeback in the Wimbledon Round 1. She had married the Pakistani cricketer in 2018 and has a son named Izhaan.
Mirza was paired with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and won against Desirae Krawczyk and Alexa Guarachi. The duo won 7-5,6-3 in their women’s doubles opener. Raina and her American partner Lauren Davis lost the match to Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula on Thursday night. Raina-Davis pair 6-3 6-2 in 70 minutes.
The 6-time Grand Slam champion Sania Mirza’s form is reported to be crucial for the country as she is going to lead the Tennis contingent of India in the Olympics. Mirza will be making a record of representing the country for the fourth time in the Olympics in Tokyo. Along with her, it is also going to be the fourth Olympic of Seema Punia who defied age to qualify her berth at the Tokyo Olympic 2020.
Sania Mirza is reported to have a connection with the courts of the All England Club as she was only 17-years-old when she first played with Alisa Kleybanova of Russia. Mirza turned professional in the same year and competed forÂ Wimbledon Championships Girlsâ€™ Doubles title.