Asian Indoor Games: Sumit Nagal beats Vijay Sundar for gold

Second seed Sumit Nagal outplayed compatriot and third seed Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6-1 in the men’s tennis final in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

Sumit Nagal culminated his dominant run in the Asian Indoor Games with a gold in the singles competition.   -  M. Vedhan

Second seed Sumit Nagal outplayed compatriot and third seed Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6-1 in the men’s tennis final in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

It was a dominant performance by the 20-year-old Sumit, ranked 268 in the world. He did not drop a set in five matches, and in fact dropped only a token game each in the first two rounds. He had stiff competition only in the quarterfinals from seventh seed Chun Hun Wong, where Sumit won in two tie-breaks, and the semifinals when he beat the Uzbek Davis Cupper Farrukh Dustov.

It was the second gold for India in tennis, following the men’s doubles gold by Vishnu Vardhan and Vijay Sundar Prashanth.

CHESS: India finishes with five bronze medals

Indian finished with two gold and three silver medals in tennis. In women’s singles, Ankita Raina was beaten by the eventual gold medallist Beatrice Gumulya of Indonesia, in the quarterfinals. Incidentally, national champion Riya Bhatia had also tumbled out in the quarterfinals of women’s singles.

India was 11th overall in the medals table with nine gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze medals. India could take heart from the fact that a sports power house like Japan was 20th with two gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals.

The other gold medals for India were won in athletics (5), billiards sports and wrestling.

Host Turkmenistan was on top with an intimidating collection of 245 medals, including 89 gold and 70 silver. China followed with 97 medals including 42 gold, and Iran was in the third spot with 118 medals including 36 gold.

The results:

Men (final): Sumit Nagal bt Vijay Sundar Prashanth 6-1, 6-1.