Asian Indoor Games: Vishnu-Prarthana in mixed doubles final

Vishnu and Prarthana had to be at their best in taming Sanjar Fayziev and Arina Folts of Uzbekistan 7-6(4), 7-6(6) in the semifinals.

Prarthana Thombare and Vishnu Vardhan will face Nuttanon Kadchapanan and Nicha Lertpitaksinchai in the final.   -  Mohammed Yousuf

The top-seeded Vishnu Vardhan and Prarthana Thombare made the mixed doubles final of  tennis in the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan on
Saturday.

Vishnu and Prarthana had to be at their best in taming Sanjar Fayziev and Arina Folts of Uzbekistan 7-6(4), 7-6(6) in the semifinals. The Indian pair will face Nuttanon Kadchapanan and Nicha Lertpitaksinchai of Thailand in the final.

Meanwhile, Vijay Sundar Prashanth fought his way past Timur Khabibulin of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in the men’s singles quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, Prashanth will challenge the top seed Sanjar Fayziev of Uzbekistan who battled past Hong Kit Wong of Hong Kong in three sets.

The other semifinal will feature the second seed Sumit Nagal against the other Davis Cupper from Uzbekistan, Farrukh Dustov.

In women’s doubles, the top seeds Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare raced into the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Filipinos,
Khim Iglupas and Anna Patrimonio. The Indian pair, which had a bye in the first round, will play Jessy Rompies and Lavinia Tananta of Indonesia in the semifinals.

The results:

Men (quarterfinals): Vijay Sundar Prashanth bt Timur Khabibulin (Kaz) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).

Women’s doubles (quarterfinals): Ankita Raina & Prarthana Thombare bt Khim Iglupas & Anna Patrimonio (Phi) 6-3, 6-3.

Mixed doubles (semifinals):
Vishnu Vardhan & Prarthana Thombare bt Sanjar Fayziev & Arina Folts (Uzb) 7-6(4), 7-6(6).

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