Asian Indoor Games: Medals galore for Indian tennis

Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Vishnu Vardhan clinched the men’s doubles gold in tenniis with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Kazakh pair of Timur Khabibulin and Denis Yevseyev in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan on Tuesday.

Vishnu had opened the medals tally in tennis earlier by winning the mixed doubles silver with Prarthana Thombare.   -  M. Periasamy

Vijay Sundar Prashanth and Vishnu Vardhan clinched the men’s doubles gold in tenniis with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Kazakh pair of Timur Khabibulin and Denis Yevseyev in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan on Tuesday.

The Indian pair sailed smoothly to the trophy, as it saved the only breakpoint it faced and broke serve twice on forcing six breakpoints.

"Our team played solid doubles game, first serves, returns, quick hands at the net, overheads, everything was spot on. All in all, a very professional performance," said coach Ashutosh Singh.

Vishnu had opened the medals tally in tennis earlier by winning the mixed doubles silver with Prarthana Thombare.

More than being elated with his gold and silver medals, Vishnu was all praise for the efforts of coaches Ashutosh, Ankita Bhambri and the
trainer Anand Dube. "It has been an amazing fortnight with the entire team, even though there was no team event," said Vishnu.

"Ashutosh was the perfect captain, gave us the right ideas through his experience which helped us a lot. Anand sir and his magic hands made sure we were fresh for our matches and some nights it had to go beyond midnight for our recovery. They both along with Ankita Bhambri were the first ones on court, and last ones to leave. A huge shout out for them," said Vishnu, in his hearty appreciation.

The Indian team wound up with a silver, as Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare let the gold slip In the women’s doubles.The Thai girls Tamachan Momkoonthod and Varunya Wongteanchai survived three matchpoints at 2-5 in the decider to script a memorable 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) triumph for the gold.

Anyway, another gold and silver will be sealed on the final day by India, when Sumit Nagal takes on Vijay Sundar Prashanth in the men’s final.

The results (finals):

Men’s doubles: Vijay Sundar Prashanth & Vishnu Vardhan bt Timur Khabibulin & Denis Yevseyev (Kaz) 6-3, 6-4.

Women’s doubles: Tamachan Momkoonthod & Varunya Wongteanchai (Tha) bt Ankita Raina & Prarthana Thombare 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).