New Delhi: So far, it's a painful outing for the Indian contingent at Rio Olympics 2016. The first week is already over, but the wait for first medal continues.
But the Day 9 of competition will be different for India as the world's second most populous country eagerly waits for a certain Dipa Karmakar to conquer the world.
The girl from an nondescript town in Tripura is carrying the nation's burden. And nobody doesn't quite know how will the 23-year-old will win a medal. But the belief is there.
Yes, the apparatus finals will happen late in the night, or early morning. But India's first real chance will be when Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna take on Czech pair of Lucie Hradecka and Radek Stepanek in the mixed doubles bronze medal play-off.
It's only fitting that India's pin-up tennis star Mirza is taking the field on the eve of auspicious day with a chance to win a medal.