Asian Games 2018: Rohan Bopanna, Divji Sharan clinch gold in Men’s tennis doubles


Jakarta: Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divji Sharan registered gold in Men’s tennis doubles event at the Asian Games 2018 here on Friday. The Indian pair defeated Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev by 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

The Indians showing there perfect on-court coordination were 4-1 ahead in just 20 minutes into the match. In no time, the top seeds were serving for the set with a 5-3 lead.

The second set went slightly better for Bublik and Yevseyev but they just could not rein in the unforced errors including a double fault in the fifth game which could have cost them.

Although Bopanna did not really come up with the booming serve but deflated enough the Kazakhs to give India the first tennis gold of the ongoing event.

The Indian pair entered the final after defeating the higher ranked opponents Kaito Uesugi and Sho Shimabukuro of Japan in the Semis.

At first, Kaito and Sho managed to win the first set. The second set went with the serve till the Indians earned their first service break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead.Serving for the set, Divij conceded a 0-40 deficit before fighting back to 40-40 and eventually holding serve to draw level. The Indians then won the tie-breaker to enter the final.

This was India’s 5th doubles gold medal at the Asian Games and their 6th (23rd overall) in the 2018 edition.

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