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Rio Olympics 2016: Sania-Bopanna's campaign opener postponed due to rain

The duo was set to face off Sam Sotsar and Jonathan Peers of Australia in their opening clash

IANS  |  Rio de Janeiro 

India's mixed doubles tennis team, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza. Photo: Rohan Bopanna's Twitter handle
India's mixed doubles tennis team, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza. Photo: Rohan Bopanna's Twitter handle

The Indian mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will start their campaign at the ongoing on Thursday after most of the tennis matches had to be postponed due to rain.

Mirza and Bopanna were originally scheduled to face off against Sam Sotsar and Jonathan Peers of Australia in their opening clash at the Olympic Tennis Centre on Wednesday.

Sania and Bopanna, among the medal hopes for India, will appear in the Olympic tennis competition for the first time as a team.

The Indian duo has been seeded fourth and they need to win only three matches in the draw to win a medal.

Among other significant matches postponed on Wednesday was the men's singles third round tie between Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal and Simon Giles of France.

Defending champion Andy Murray's title defence also fell a victim to the vagaries of the weather as the British star's third round clash against Fabio Fognini of Italy was also rescheduled to Thursday.

First Published: Thu, August 11 2016. 07:58 IST