Mirnyi, Azarenka win mixed gold for Belarus

  • Reuters, London
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  • Updated: Aug 05, 2012 23:43 IST

Britain's hopes of two gold medals on the final day of the Olympic tennis tournament were ended by Belarusian mixed doubles duo Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi on Sunday.

Andy Murray had already claimed the men's singles gold by beating Roger Federer but fell just short of a magnificent double as he and partner Laura Robson lost 3-6 6-3 10-8.

Roared on by a patriotic crowd still buzzing from Murray's exploits, the British pair bounded into an early lead, taking the first set comfortably.

The Belarusian top seeds hit back to take the second, however, to set up a tense championship tiebreak.

Mirnyi and Azarenka, who won bronze in the women's singles, moved 9-6 ahead and although the British pair saved two match points Azarenka's volley claimed Belarus's first gold medal in Olympics tennis.

Mixed doubles was making its return to the Olympics as a medal event for the first time since 1924.

 

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