Raina settles for bronze

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Aug 2018 14:53:24


 

PALEMBANG,

Two more medals assured in tennis


Ankita becomes India’s second women’s singles medallist at the Asian Games after Sania Mirza. Sania had won a silver in the 2006 Doha edition, followed by a bronze in 2010 Guangzhou ANKITA Raina played her heart out against top seed Shuai Zhang before settling for bronze, while Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan used all their experience to bounce back and enter the men’s doubles final of the Asian Games, here Thursday.


Sharan and Bopanna are assured of at least a silver but will be going for gold in the final on Friday. Another medal was assured when world number 161 Prajnesh Gunneswaran outlasted 273rd ranked Kwon Soonwoo of South Korea 6-7 (2 ), 6-4, 7-6 (8) in a marathon quarter-final lasting almost four hours.


Earlier, against the world number 34 from China and a Grand Slam quarter-finalist, 189th ranked Raina had nothing to lose. She went for her shots and that surprised her seasoned opponent. The spirited Indian, who agreed to playing all three events, eventually lost 4-6, 6-7 (6) in the semi-final lasting 131 minutes.


The gruelling second set alone lasted 77 minutes. “She played very well today. It was a tough match. If she keeps on playing this, she can get into the top-100 and may be even top-50,” Zhang, who reached the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals, was generous in her praise. In the match, however, the Chinese was ruthless. She did not hide her anger when Raina took a time-out while trailing 4-5 in the opening set. Zhuang was also unhappy with a couple of line calls.