Mirza, Bopanna fail to give India first medal

Shukriya Pakistan

RIO DE JANEIRO: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna failed in their bid to give India its first medal of the Rio Olympics on Sunday when they lost the tennis mixed doubles bronze medal play-off.

The Indian fourth seeds slumped to a 6-1, 7-5 defeat to Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic in just 71 minutes.

Mirza and Bopanna had lost in the semi-finals Saturday to Venus Williams and Rajeev Ram of the United States.

It was a third tennis bronze in Rio for the Czechs after Petra Kvitova in women’s singles and Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova in the women’s doubles.