India has No Chance for Any Medal at the Olympics, Ignore Bopanna and Sania!
So what if Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza do not want to partner the more accomplished Leander Paes for the doubles events (Men’s and Mixed) at the Rio Olympics?
No combination will make any difference for India as the world’s finest singles players will be in action in Doubles at the Olympics.
Unlike the Bopannas, Sanias and Mahesh Bhupathis, individual glory is not what the Federers, Andy Murrays and Djokovics are after at the Olympics. They have achieved plenty of that through the Grand Slams. They want the countries they represent to win medals at the Olympics.
When India Let Leander Down: After all the drama and arm-twisting prior to the London Games, Mahesh and Bopanna lost to Julien Bennetteau and Richard Gasquet from France in straight sets in Round 2.
Leander was a top-10 player then and had the right to pick his partner. He was ready to play with either Mahesh or Bopanna but the latter two refused to play with Leander. India buckled under pressure and let Leander down. The result was disaster for India.
Sania Mirza and Leander lost to the top-seeded pair of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi of Belarus in the quarter final at the London Games. In Women’s Doubles Sania lost in the first round itself.
No Chemistry Needed, Just Playing Power: Roger Federer / Stanislas Wawrinka won the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. What chance will India have against the likes of the Swiss pair? Or against Andy Murray and Laura Robson, silver medallists in London?
They don’t need any chemistry to win at the Olympics. Just their playing power and focus without any sense of fake pride will take them there.
Just a Dream: So dreaming of an Olympic medal will remain just that for them!
The Indians do well in Doubles outside of the Olympics only because the top players focus only on Singles without any Doubles Distraction.
The only exception is Leander who won a Singles bronze at the 1996 Olympics after which he shifted his focus to Doubles. He had once even beaten the then world’s top-ranked player Pete Sampras.
I find it amusing to see Bopanna and Sania talk as if they have conquered the tennis world in Singles! If they don’t want to pair up with Leander, they should be dropped from the team. None can be deemed to have any medal prospects anyway!
G Joslin Vethakumar