Bopanna-Sharan and Ankita assured of medals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Aug 2018 11:30:08




ANKITA Raina and top seeds men’s doubles pair of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan assured India of at least a couple of bronze medals in the tennis competition by progressing to the semi-finals at the Asian Games.

World No 189, Raina dispatched Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 to enter the last four of the women’s singles competition. In all the five events here, both losing semi-finalists get a bronze.

Raina played well against an opponent ranked more than 400 places lower than her but also benefitted from a more open draw after the shock loss of World No 92 Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand.

Ankita has assured India’s third medal in women’s singles at the Asian Games with Sania Mirza being the only other Indian to do so (silver in 2006, bronze in 2010).

Ankita was down 1-4 in the first set before bouncing back to close it in 54 minutes. She took only 27 minutes to claim the second set.

“Ankita is a fighter and has volunteered to play in all three events in this heat. She played well today. The Thai player in her draw lost, so that opened up the draw for her,” India captain and coach Zeeshan Ali told PTI.

Bopanna and Sharan, who don’t have much experience of playing together, played a solid match against the seasoned pairing of Yang Hsieh and Yang Tsung-Hua of Chinese Taipei.