India tennis players ruled the roost in the 12th South Asian Games by picking up all the gold medals on offer on the fourth and penultimate day of the event here today.
Indians won gold in women’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles to completely dominate the event at the All Assam Tennis Association Grounds here.
All the final matches today were all-Indian affairs, showing the complete domination by the home players.
In the men’s doubles, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Vijay Prasanth defeated Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh 6-3 6-4 to give the country the first gold and silver of the day.
Ankita Rana then won the second gold for Indian in women’s singles in another all-Indian final. Raina easily beat Prerna Bhambri 6-1 6-0 in the final.
Ankita then paired up with Divij Sharan to win gold in mixed doubles after beating another Indian combine of Sanam Singh and Prarthana Thombre 6-2 7-6(3) in the final.
Tomorrow’s men’s singles and women’s doubles finals will also be all-Indian affairs. The pair of Rishika Sunkara and Natasha Palha will take on the duo of Prarthana Thombre and Sharrmadaa Baluuishika in the women’s doubles final.
The two Indian pairs beat their respective opponents in the semifinals today.
In men’s singles final tomorrow, India’s Saketh Myneni will take on Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Myneni beat Pakistan’s Aisam ul-haq Qureshi in the first semifinal 6-2 6-1 today, while Ramanathan defeated Shamal Dissanayake 6-4 7-5 in the other last four match today.