Asian Video games 2023: Saketh-Ramkumar thwart South Korean pair to achieve males’s doubles last


Earlier than the Asian Video games, the final time the pair of Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan performed collectively was in an ATP 500 occasion in Dubai final yr the place they got here in as wildcards however was dumped within the opening spherical. Lower to 18 months later, they stand on the cusp of claiming an Asian Video games gold medal.

The duo averted a slip as much as make the ultimate on the Hangzhou Olympic Tennis Centre on Thursday, overcoming a spirited South Korean group of Soonwoo Kwon and Seongchan Hong 6-1, 6(6)-7, (10)-(0).

In actual fact, since 2022, Ramkumar has had a profitable pairing with Rohan Bopanna, profitable two ATP 250 titles, whereas Saketh has teamed along with Yuki Bhambri and gained seven ATP Challengers since April 2022. However when the pairing was introduced for the lads’s doubles on the Asian Video games by the All Indian Tennis Affiliation, Bopanna joined forces with Bhambri and Ramkumar and Saketh turned a group as soon as once more.

“You need to ask this to the federation [on the pairing]. They decide the groups and the gamers. The lads’s had been imagined to be six gamers, then it turned 5. Even with the ladies, it was imagined to be six after which it turned 4. These are the questions you don’t have solutions to. No matter likelihood you get, you come right here and compete,” mentioned Saketh.

Saketh, although, is completely satisfied to have an opportunity so as to add a gold medal to his tally after the loss within the last from 2014 Incheon and defend India’s males’s doubles gold from 2018.

“I’m trying ahead to the problem [of playing another final]. I performed 9 years in the past and hopefully, I’ll do one higher. I’m glad I’m again right here,” mentioned Saketh.

The Indians began aggressively and broke early within the fourth sport of the opening set to go 3-1 up. They held their serve nicely, regardless of their struggles with first companies all match, earlier than closing out the set 6-1.

The second set, nonetheless, was a intently fought one with India letting go of a 5-4 benefit with the Koreans breaking Ramkumar’s service to take the set to the tie-breakers and ultimately the tremendous tie-breakers.

Ramkumar and Saketh had been very good on the return in function they confirmed their place within the last by galloping to 10 factors very quickly.



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