Mirza-Bopanna seeded fourth in mixed doubles

The Indian pair, with Sania as World No.1 and Bopanna as No.15, have been drawn to play the Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and John Peers in the pre-quarterfinals in the draw of 16.

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, figuring in the bottom half, could run into second seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in the semifinals, if everything goes according to form.   -  PTI

Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna were seeded fourth in mixed doubles, strengthening India’s chances of a medal.

The Indian pair, with Sania as World No.1 and Bopanna as No.15, have been drawn to play the Australian pair of Samantha Stosur and John Peers in the pre-quarterfinals in the draw of 16.

A series of withdrawals by the top players including Roger Federer, Martina Hingis, and the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, has weakened the field.

If Sania and Bopanna pull through, they will play the winner of the match between Romanians Monica Niculescu and Florin Mergea, and the Spaniards Carla Suarez Navarro and David Ferrer.

The Indian duo, figuring in the bottom half, could run into second seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France in the semifinals, if everything goes according to form.

Another French pair, Caroline Garcia and Nicolas Mahut is the top seed, while Garbine Muguruza and Rafael Nadal lend a touch of class as the third seeds.

Max Mirnyi who had won the mixed doubles gold in the London Games, with Victoria Azarenka, beating Leander Paes and Sania along the way in the quarterfinals, does not figure in the draw, for lack of a partner.

The silver medallist Andy Murray, who won the individual gold as well, also does not feature in the mixed draw.

Venus Williams is partnering Rajeev Ram, while Brazil has a representation through Teliana Pereira and Marcelo Melo, through ITF places.

Radek Stepanek and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic have got an ITF place, and so has the pair of Roberta Vinci and Fabio Fognini of Italy.

The mixed doubles action will start on Wednesday at the Tennis Centre in the Olympic Park.