India’s top-ranked women’s singles player Ankita Raina on Wednesday assured the country of another medal after reaching the semifinals at the ongoing Asian Games 2018 after being 1-4 down at one stage.
Ankita breezed past Eudice Chong 6-4 6-1 of Hong Kong in their quarterfinal match that lasted for 8o minutes. She won the first set in 54 minutes and took only 27 minutes to claim the second set.
Raina came back from behind to take the first set 6-4 against Chong of Hong Kong. Raina was trailing 0-3 and 1-4 at the beginning of the match before staging a comeback. The 25-year-old thus assured herself of at least a bronze medal. Follow here for live updates
In her pre-quarter match, Ankita had outclassed Japan’s Eri Hozumi in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 to make it to last eight.
Earlier in the day, Indian rowers Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh topped the repechage round in the men’s lightweight double sculls with a timing of 7:12.23 at the ongoing edition of the Asian Games. They qualified for the main A-final, and will now take a shot at winning a medal. They finished top in Heat 1 repechages.
However, there was a disappointment in swimming as Sandeep Sejwal, Sajan Prakash and Avinash Mani topped their respective heats but still failed to qualify for the finals. Sejwal finished first in his heat with a timing of 62.07 but could not make the final of the men’s 100m breaststroke despite his impressive outing at the GBK Aquatic Center
Before that, Sajan won his heat with a timing of 54.04 in men’s 100m butterfly, while Avinash beat Saudi Arabia’s Bu Arish in their two-man unseeded heat. Avinash had a timing of 56.98. Both the Indian swimmers failed to qualify for the finals.
(With PTI inputs)