Asiad 2018: Bopanna-Sharan win doubles gold

The Indian duo subjugate Kazakh players with ease


Indian tennis stars Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold in the men’s doubles category at the 2018 Asian Games here on Friday. The Indians defeated Denis Yevseyev and Aleksandr Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

Before this, the Indian men’s doubles team of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan registered a hard fought victory to enter the final at the 18th Asian Games here on Thursday.

Bopanna and Sharan were made to work hard for an hour and 12 minutes by the Japanese duo of Kaito Uesugi and Sho Shimabukuro before grinding out a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 win.

The Japanese lacked the power and big serve of the Indians, but made up with accurate placements and some good work at the net.

Playing against more experienced and higher ranked opponents, Kaito and Sho did well 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 tennis final.

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