Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina Photograph:( Twitter )
Indian women's tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina was knocked out in the first round after losing 6-0, 6(0)-7(7), 8-10 to Ukraine's Liudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok
Indian women's tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina was knocked out in the first round after losing 6-0, 6(0)-7(7), 8-10 to Ukraine's Liudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok at Ariake Tennis Park on Sunday.
Sania and Ankita were leading in the first set with it 6-0, but in the second set, the Ukrainian twin sisters took control and posed challenges in front of the Indian duo.
However, the second set saw some hope when the Indians drew the first break of the set in the sixth game and were 5-2 up, but the Ukrainians turned the match and returned the break in the decisive ninth game. They went on to take the set to a tie-breaker, which they comfortably won 7-0.
In the final set, nerves got better of the Indian pair as they lost the set 8-10 and they ended up losing the match in one hour and 33 minutes.
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In a surprising turn of events, Sania Mirza & Ankita Raina knocked OUT in Doubles 1st round by Kichenok twins 6-0, 6-7, 8-10.
The Indians had won the 1st set 6-0 & were leading 5-3 in 2nd! #Tokyo2020withIndia_AllSports pic.twitter.com/rVdPkB649R
There was a tough fight in the super tie-breaker but the Kichenok siblings secured the two decisive final points to wrap up the super tie-breaker 10-8 and also the match.
Now, after Sania and Ankita's defeat, Sumit Nagal, who is all set to face world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of the ROC in the second round, is the only Indian tennis player left competing in Tokyo.
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