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N Sriram Balaji eyes Olympic glory! Strong French Open showing fuels ‘expectations’ from Rohan Bopanna

N Sriram Balaji eyes Olympic glory! Strong French Open showing fuels ‘expectations’ from Rohan Bopanna

With the Olympics on the horizon, Balaji's dream of partnering Bopanna on the biggest sporting stage remains alive. His performance at the French Open has served as a powerful statement, leaving the final decision firmly in Bopanna's hands.

N Sriram Balaji’s impressive run at the French Open has him dreaming of Paris Olympic glory. The Indian doubles specialist secured his first-ever pre-quarterfinal berth alongside his Mexican partner Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela Martinez, defeating the French duo of Dan Added and Theo Arribage in a thrilling three-set encounter.

Balaji eyes Paris Olympic berth

This victory comes on the heels of their first-round win against the American-Dutch pair of Reese Stalder and Sem Verbeek, marking N Sriram Balaji’s maiden win at the prestigious clay-court Grand Slam.

These strong performances have fueled Balaji’s aspirations to partner Rohan Bopanna in the upcoming Paris Olympics doubles competition.

Balaji acknowledges Rohan Bopanna choice

While acknowledging Yuki Bhambri’s higher ranking and past partnership with Bopanna at the Asian Games, Balaji remains optimistic: “It’s all up to Bops [Bopanna]. If he selects me, I will be happy. If not, I’m okay also. I do have a little bit of expectations, but it’s up to him.”

Potential dream pairing in making

Interestingly, N Sriram Balaji and Martinez could face Rohan Bopanna and his Australian partner Matthew Ebden in the pre-quarterfinals, assuming Bopanna’s team secures their second-round win. This potential on-court meeting could provide valuable insight for Bopanna as he weighs his options for the Olympics.

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Yuki Bhambri bows out

Meanwhile, Yuki Bhambri’s Olympic hopes were dashed after a first-round exit alongside his French partner Albano Olivetti. Despite showcasing his all-around game, including strong baseline hitting and a decent serve, they fell short against the Australian-Russian pair of John Peers and Roman Safiullin.

Balaji’s stellar rise and Bopanna’s considerations

Bopanna, who was reportedly watching Bhambri’s match, will undoubtedly consider both players’ performances at the French Open as he makes his crucial decision. Balaji’s consistent improvement and recent victories have certainly strengthened his case.

With the Olympics on the horizon, Balaji’s dream of partnering Bopanna on the biggest sporting stage remains alive. His performance at the French Open has served as a powerful statement, leaving the final decision firmly in Bopanna’s hands. Will Balaji secure the ultimate partnership, or will Bopanna choose experience over current form? Only time will tell.

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