Asian Games: Local lad Sanam Singh wins silver
Chandigarh-based tennis player Sanam Singh paired with Saketh Myneni to win the silver medal in men's doubles in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, on Monday.chandigarh Updated: Sep 29, 2014 23:59 IST
Chandigarh-based tennis player Sanam Singh paired with Saketh Myneni to win the silver medal in men's doubles in the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, on Monday.
Sanam and Somdev Devvarman won the gold medal in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
However, Sanam and Myneni went down fighting to South Korea's Yongkyu Lim and Hyeon Chung 5-7, 6-7 (2-7) to grab the silver medal.
The fifth-seeded Indian pair lost to the eight-seeded South Korean team in one hour and 29 minutes.
Sanam honed his skills at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) complex in Sector 10 and later went to University of Virginia on a tennis scholarship.
He played collegiate tennis there and received the 2010 Inter-Collegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Sportsmanship Award at the ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championship.
Sanam was the first Virginia player to win this award ever since its inception.
The Indian pair fought tooth and nail but in the end their inexperience let them down.
Director of coaching and development at CLTA Gajendra Singh said, "It is still a good achievement. One has to remember that in 2010 Sanam was paired with Somdevand Somdev's ranking was very high. And with so many players opting out, I think the youngsters, especially Sanam and Myneni, did well. We need to see the fact that Asian tennis has improved a lot. Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei and China have improved. Keeping that in mind, it's a good effort."
The Indian pair played aggressively and at one point, were tied 5-5 in the first set. But they conceded a service break to hand the first set 5-7 in 40 minutes to the South Koreans.
The second set went into the tiebreaker where the Indian pair lost crucial points again, succumbing 6-7 in 49 minutes.