Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold media in the men’s doubles tennis at the ongoing 18th Asian Games in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhtan’s men’s doubles pair.
This was India’s 5th doubles gold medal at the Asian Games and their 6th in the 2018 edition. Less than 20 minutes into the match, Indians were 4-1 ahead, breaking Bublik and Yeseyev at the very first opportunity they got.
Both were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament beat Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyv 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.
In the quarterfinals, Bopanna and Sharan past Chinese Taipeis Yang Tsung-Hua and Hsieh Chenpeng 6-3,5-7, 10-1 in 76 minutes.
Earlier in the semi final , Roahn Bopanna and Shaarn won 4-6,6-3, 10-8 against Japan’s Kaito Uesugi and Sho Shimabukoro in a three set thriller which lasted for 72 minutes.
India have claimed the men’s doubles gold on four occasions at the Games , the last pair being Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh in the 2010.
This is the India’s second medal at the Asian Games in Indonesia after Ankita Raina settled for bronze after a 4-6,6-7 loss to Chinese top seed and world No 34 Shuai Zhang.
Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes remain the most successful Indian men’s doubles pair in the Asian Games history, having claimed back to back gold medals in the 2002 and 2006 games.
India’s medals tally has now swelled up to 22 , including 6 Gold, 4 silver and 12 bronze.