Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan notched up their maiden men’s doubles gold medal at the Asian Games, dominating the final clash with a thoroughly clinical performance.
They defeated Aleksander Bublik and Denis Yevseyev of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-4 in 52 minutes. Less than 20 minutes into the match, the Indians were 4-1 ahead, breaking Bublik and Yevseyev at the very first opportunity they got. In no time, the top seeds were serving for the set with a 5-3 lead and Bopanna’s booming serve wrapped it up in style for them.
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 Guangzhou edition. Mahesh Bhupathi 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.
Meanwhile, after going down in the Men’s Kabaddi semifinal against Iran, India Women’s team suffered another big upset in Kabaddi as they lost 27-24 in the final match and had to settle for a silver medal. While, Indian men’s kabaddi team failed to enter the final for the first time since 1990, Indian women’s team fail to grab the gold in Women’s Kabaddi for the first time in three editions.
India started off brilliantly, taking a lead of 5 points at one stage. But Iran defence held their nerves and took three points in the final few minutes of the first half to close the gap to 13-11. In the second half, Iran’s defence continued to trouble India and did not give leave any space for them get a point. After a nervy final minute, India gave away three points to see a 27-24 loss against Iran.
Heena Sidhu registered a strong comeback to clinch bronze in 10m air pistol women’s final. This came after the rowers added 1 gold and 2 bronze earlier in the day. Gold followed two bronze and day 6 has got off to a blazing start for the rowers.