Bopanna and Sharan, who don’t have much experience of playing together, played a solid match against Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev to bag India’s second gold of the day.’
Less than 20 minutes into the match, the Indians were 4-1 ahead, breaking Bublik and Yevseyev at the very first opportunity they got. In no time, the top seeds were serving for the set with a 5-3 lead and Bopanna’s booming serve wrapped it up in style for them. The Kazakhs had their moments but were undone by erratic play — a brilliant cross-court backhand winner one moment and a powerless return buried in the nets the very next minute. In contrast, Bopanna and Sharan’s easy camaraderie shone through in the match and they displayed near-perfect on-court coordination. Bopanna was particularly formidable from the baseline, displaying a good range of strokes to pull off some tough winners, helped by his brute power. The second set went slightly better for Kazhaks but they just could not rein in the unforced errors, including a double fault in the fifth game. Finally, Bopanna and Sharan, the top seeds in the men’s doubles event, cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win in just 52 minutes.
India have enjoyed plenty of success in tennis over the years. In fact, they now have a men’s doubles medal in five consecutive Asian Games thanks to this victory. Amazingly, this is Rohan Bopanna’s maiden Asian Games medal. Sharan has previously won a bronze in the same category in 2014 alongside Yuki Bhambri.
President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan on winning the gold in the men’s doubles category at the 2018 Asian Games. President tweeted- Congratulations @rohanbopanna and @divijsharan for winning the Gold Medal in Men’s Doubles Tennis event at the @asiangames2018 !! India is proud of you #PresidentKovind