Sania and Raina were running away with the contest after bageling their opponents but in a dramatic turnround, the Kichenok sisters came back from the dead to pull off a win.
Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina will clash with Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiia Kichenok in the first round at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The flag bearer of Indian tennis contingent Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina are now headed to Tokyo for the upcoming Olympics.
Ankita Raina said it was a privilege to play against the Indian mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.
Bopanna was clearly the best player on the court with his powerful serve and solid ground strokes from the baseline as well as the ability to execute a superior net game.
Sania Mirza will now become the first female athlete to represent India at four Olympics when she features at the Tokyo 2020.
Asia Muhammad and Jessica Pegula disposed off the challenge from the Raina-Davis pair beating them 6-3 6-2 in 70 minutes during a late evening match on Court No 11.
Indian faceoff at Wimbledon: Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna to lock horns with Ankita Raina, Ramkumar Ramanathan in first round
Earlier in the day, Sania and her doubles partner Mattek-Sands sailed into the second round of the ongoing Wimbledon Championships.
Ankita Raina and Prajnesh Gunneswaran both won singles bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang.
The 28-year-old Indian, lost 3-6 6-7 to a higher-ranked American Varvara Lepchenko in one hour 22 minutes late Tuesday night.
As a pair, Ankita Raina and Sania Mirza have only played with each other during India's Billie Jean King Cup (Fed Cup) campaign but have an outstanding record (5-0) in the competition.
The latter, a former World No 1, has a protected ranking of 9 so they have already qualified. It’s also a pair that Ali is quite familiar with, having worked with them during Fed Cup duty a few years
Even though Ankita has made giant strides in her singles game in the last year, she has had some immense results in doubles in 2021.
Even as Ankita Raina recounts the incident, the mental challenges of a travelling athlete can't be understated as she herself lifts the veil.
After being bageled in the opening set, Ankita had two set points at 5-2 in the second set but failed to convert.