Bopanna-Sharan enters doubles quarters, Raina in last eight of singles

Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan reached the men's doubles quarterfinal, while Ankita Raina stormed into the last-eight stage of the women's singles at the 2018 Asian Games.

India's Ankita Raina defeated Eri Hozumi 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the women's singles quarterfinals at the 2018 Asian Games.   -  PTI

Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan breezed into the men’s doubles quarterfinals while Ankita Raina entered the last eight of the women’s singles at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Raina, ranked 189, overpowered world number 243 Eri Hozumi 6-1, 6-2 in a round of 16 clash.

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Compatriot Karman Kaur Thandi, however, was disappointed after losing to lower-ranked En-Shuo Liang of Chinese Taipei. The world number 196 lost a close match against the 278th ranked Liang, going down 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (4) in the pre-quarterfinals.

Thandi also lost a close mixed doubles match alongside Sharan. The Indians bounced back losing the first set before going down in the super tie-break. The eventual scoreline read 4-6, 6-3, 5-10.

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However, India had a good day in the men’s doubles as both its pairings reached the quarterfinals. Bopanna and Sharan sailed past Thailand’s Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Nuttanon Kadchapanan 6-3, 6-1 in another round of 16 match.

Rohan Bopanna and Ankita Raina celebrate after reaching the quarterfinals of the mixed doubles event at the 2018 Asian Games.   -  PTI

 

Single specialists Ramakumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal combined well and put up a spirited show to outlast Taipei’s fourth seeds Chen Ti and Peng Hsienyin 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2).

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Bopanna and Raina are the sole Indian pair left in the mixed doubles draw after the exit of Thandi and Sharan. The fourth seeds had a tough match against South Korea’s Kim Nari and Lee Jeamoon before prevailing 6-3, 2-6, 11-9.