Asian Games 2018: Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennis

first_imgPrajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in Jakarta on Friday. Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Istomin not only held his serves with ease but broke Prajnesh twice in both the sets to comfortably take the win.With Prajnesh’s bronze, India’s medals tally swelled up to 25 medals — 6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 6 LIVE UPDATES India are placed seventh on the medals tally table with 25 medals at the Asian Games 2018.Even though Prajnesh remained neck-and-neck with Istomin on most factors, it were the unforced errors that had the glaring difference. Prajnesh committed 25 unforced errors compared to 17 from Istomin.Apart from that, Istomin converted 57 per cent of his break points while Prajnesh could not capitalise on just the three break points opportunities he had.Istomin also managed to control the net better than Prajnesh, having won a total of six points at the net while Prajnesh could manage only half of that.Prajnesh began his campaign with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Indonesia’s Fitriadi M Rifqi in the Round of 32 following which he made it into the quarter-finals with a fighting 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 win over Ly Hoang Nam of Vietnam.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Prajnesh beat Korea’s Kwon Soonwoo 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(8) in dramatic circumstances in a match that lasted almost four hours. The Rain Gods showered their blessing on Prajnesh at 6-6 in the deciding set when the Indian was reeling with cramps.The rain break have Prajnesh time to recover and he came back and took the match.Before Prajnesh, Leander Paes, Srinath Prahlad, Mahesh Bhupathi and Yuki Bhambri had won bronze medals in men’s singles for India while Somdev Devvarman remains India’s only gold medallist at the Games.Earlier in the day, Indian women’s kabaddi team settled for a silver for the first time after winning two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with a 27-24 loss to Iran.Before that, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev in the final in Jakarta.Prior to that gold, Indian rowers put up a fabulous show as the Indian team clinched a gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final. Before that gold, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final and the team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh took a bronze in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Also, Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event after finishing with a score of 219.2 while Manu Bhaker endured another disappointing day in Palembang with a fifth-place finish in the same event.last_img read more