Hyderabad: For Saketh Myneni there was good news when he was named as a replacement for the injured Sumit Nagal to be part of...
The Indians did not even have faint hopes of getting into the easiest of tennis events at the Games.
The Russian did not even need his 'A' game as he cruised to a 6-2 6-1 win in just 66 minutes against 160th ranked Nagal at court 1 of the Ariake Tennis Centre.
Nagal got the better of Istomin 6-4 6-7(6) 6-4 in two hours and 34 minutes on court 10 at the Ariake Tennis Centre to set up a second round with world number two Daniil Medvedev.
Sania Mirza, who is making a record fourth Olympic appearance, and debutant Ankita Raina are going into the Tokyo Olympics without playing a single competitive match together this year
In women's doubles, the Indian pair of Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will face the Kichenok twins -- Nadiia and Lyudmyla -- of Ukraine in the opening round.
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Sania is set to become the only female athlete to have represented India at four Olympics when she takes to the court along with talented youngster Ankita Raina
If Nagal can make it to Tokyo by completing all the required formalities, it remains to be seen if he makes the doubles draw with Rohan Bopanna, who could not enter with Divij Sharan till now
With the defeat of the 23-year-old from Jhajjar, India's challenge has ended in the Qualifiers.
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