Bopanna-Sharan in doubles quarter-finals
Palembang: Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan breezed into the men's doubles quarter-finals while Ankita Raina entered the last eight of the women's singles at the Asian Games in Palembang on Tuesday. Raina, ranked 189, overpowered world number 243 Eri Hozumi 6-1 6-2 in a round of 16 clash.
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 the experienced 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. However, India had a good day in the men's doubles as both its pairings reached the quarter-finals. Bopanna and Sharan sailed past Thailand's Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Nuttanon Kadchapanan 6-3 6-1 in another round of 16 match.
Ramakumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal, who both are singles specialists and were
told to pair up at the eleventh hour, put up a spirited show to outlast Taipei's fourth seeds Chen Ti and Peng Hsienyin 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2).