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Asian Games: Tennis players Saket, Sanam, Sania in line for gold

Incheon: The Indian tennis contingent had a fruitful outing here yesterday, securing three bronze medals — men's singles, women's doubles and men's doubles and confirming at least two more silver — in men's doubles and mixed doubles — at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts here Sunday.

India's doubles pair of Sanam Singh (left) & Saketh Myneni
India's doubles pair of Sanam Singh (left) & Saketh Myneni 

Yuki Bhambri (men's singles), Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare (women's doubles) and Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan (men's doubles) secured bronze medals.

The men's doubles pair of Sanam Singh, Asian Games double gold medallist, and Saketh Myneni also entered the final. Myneni, partnering Sania, is also in line for another gold as the mixed doubles pair also made it to the final.

In men's singles, fourth seed Bhambri won bronze losing his last-four match to fifth seeded Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 2-6, 1-6 in an hour and 44 minutes.

In women's doubles, Sania and Prarthana settled for bronze after losing the semi-final 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 4-10 in a super tie-breaker to Chinese Taipei's Wei Chin Chan and Wei Su Hsieh.

In men's doubles, the pair of Bhambri and Sharan bagged bronze after losing their semi-final 7-6, 6-7 , 9-11 in the super tie-break to South Koreans Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung.

Earlier in the day, the second Indian men's doubles pair of Sanam, double Asian Games gold medallist, and Myneni overcame top-seeds Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana of Thailand 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 to reach the final.

Later in mixed doubles, second seeds Sania and Myneni won their semi-final match 6-1, 6-3 against the fourth seeded Chinese pair of Jie Zheng and Ze Zhang.

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