Will put our best foot forward at Rio: Sania

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 12 (IANS) Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has said that she and her mixed doubles partner Rohan Bopanna will put their best foot forward to win a medal at the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Sania, along with her partner Bopanna, started their Olympics campaign on a positive note, defeating Sam Stosur and Jonathan Peers of Australia in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Sania and Bopanna will now take on the British combination of Andy Murray and Heather Watson on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

“Personally for me, it would be amazing to win a medal at the Olympics, which I don’t have. It would mean the world for us. We would do whatever we can and put our best forward,” Sania said after the match.

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Bopanna, who sealed the match in the 10th game with three big aces, heaped praise on Sania.

“You feel a lot better as she brings the best out of me. We put a lot of pressure while returning to their serves which made a big difference,” Bopanna said.

“We were lucky to get a couple of breaks in the first set but unfortunately I could not hold serve at 5-4. We, however, managed to fight back and close it out with Sania serving.”



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