Asian Games: Sanam Singh, Yuki Bhambri in Singles Quarters, Ankita Raina Out

Updated: 26 September 2014 10:19 IST

Yuki Bhambri, the highest seeded Indian in Incheon, eased to a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set win over 13th seed Christopher Benjamin Rungkat of Indonesia in an hour and 30 minutes in the third round match at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts.

Asian Games: Sanam Singh, Yuki Bhambri in Singles Quarters, Ankita Raina Out
File photo of Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri.

Incheon:

India's Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh reached the men's singles quarterfinals while compatriot Ankita Raina was ousted in the pre-quarterfinals of the women's singles tennis competition at the 17th Asian Games here Friday.

Bhambri, the highest seeded Indian in Incheon, eased to a 6-3, 6-3 straight-set win over 13th seed Christopher Benjamin Rungkat of Indonesia in an hour and 30 minutes in the third round match at the Yeorumul Tennis Courts. (Day 7 Updates)

The fourth seeded Indian took the first set in 40 minutes and registered a similar scoreline win in the second, taking eight minutes more.

Bhambri will face the winner of the pre-quarters match between seventh-seeded Chinese Ze Zhang and ninth seed Danai Udomchoke of Thailand.

Meanwhile, Ankita's participation in the Incheon Games came to an end after she lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 to seventh seed Eri Hozumi of Japan in an hour and 55 minutes in their women's pre-quarters match.

The 12th seeded Indian started off slowly and was made to pay dearly as the Japanese wrapped up the first set 6-2 in just 29 minutes.

Ankita came back strongly to level the match with a 6-4 second-set win in 32 minutes to send the tie to a decider.

In the final set, Ankita battled hard but Hozumi was clinical, finishing the set 6-1 in 40 minutes.

Earlier, Sanam Singh, staged a remarkable comeback to beat sixth-seeded South Korean Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 24 minutes in their third round match.

In a gruelling first set, Sanam trailed Hyeon 4-1, who is ranked more than 200 places above the Indian in the ATP rankings but fought back brilliantly to take the first set 7-5 in 54 minutes.

Sanam carried forward that momentum into the second giving his South Korean opponent no chance to find any rhythm.

The Indian breezed past Hyeon 6-1 in just 29 minutes to seal his berth in the next round.

Sanam could possibly face top seed Yen-Hsun Lu in the quarters provided the Chinese Taipei player wins his third round match.



Topics : Sanam Singh Asian Games 2014 Tennis Yuki Bhambri
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