The Indian women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina are on their way to Tokyo for the next Olympic Games. The Games are scheduled to begin on July 23.
Tennis players Ankita Raina and Sania Mirza at Hyderabad airport (Courtesy: SAI Media)
- Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina to represent India in women’s doubles event
- Sania to become first female athlete to represent India at 4 Olympics
- Sumit Nagal to be India’s only entry to Tokyo in men’s singles event
Indian women’s doubles pair Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina are on their way to the Tokyo Olympics from July 23.
Earlier this month, Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina were confirmed to represent India in women’s doubles at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sania, 34, is now set to become the first female athlete to represent India at the four Olympics, while it will be a debut for Ankita Raina at the flagship event.
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Former world No.1 Sania will compete in the Olympics based on her injury-protected No.9 ranking. In accordance with the rule, Sania can draw a doubles draw with a partner ranked in the top 300.
Ankita, 28, is 183 in singles and 95 in doubles. The ranking list of June 14 will be applicable to make the cup.
Sania had played the last three Olympic Games in Beijing, London and Rio with Sunitha Rao, Rushmi Chakravarthi and Prathana Thombare respectively.
Sumit Nagal qualified for the men’s singles event at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, as large-scale withdrawals pushed him inside the qualifying mark.
Nagal, 23, will enter the Olympics with disappointing results this season, as he suffered seven first-round losses on the circuit, most notably at the Australian Open.
In six Challenger events, he only reached the quarter-finals three times.
His best performance was qualifying for the quarter-finals of the ATP 250 event in Buenos Aires in March.
His ranking fell to 154 after starting the year at 137.
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