Devvarman-Singh win men's doubles; India gets 6th gold
Indian number one Somdev Devvarman teamed up with Sanam Singh to win the Asian Games men's doubles title on Monday, just hours after booking his place in the singles final.other Updated: Nov 22, 2010 16:51 IST
Indian number one Somdev Devvarman teamed up with Sanam Singh to win the Asian Games men's doubles title on Monday, just hours after booking his place in the singles final.
Devvarman and Singh defeated China's Gong Maoxin and Li Zhe 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 1-0 on a super tiebreak although Indian hopes of another doubles gold were shattered when Sania Mirza and Vishnu Vardhan were defeated by Taiwan's Chan Yung-jan and Yang Tsung-hua in the mixed.
That win gave Chan her second gold of the day after she and Chuang Chia-jung had earlier defeated compatriots Chang Kai-chen and Hsieh Suwei 7-5, 6-3 to win the women's doubles.
"It's an unbelievable feeling, especially playing with my good friend and for my country," said Devvarman.
"Winning the Davis Cup tie against Brazil in September was special but this is special too. It's such a high point in my life."
Devvarman, the world 106 had recovered from a break down in the final set of his singles semi-final to defeat Japan's Tatsuma Ito, ranked more than 200 places below him, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.
He will now tackle top seed Uzbek Denis Istomin who reached Tuesday's final with a comfortable 6-1, 6-0 win over Japan's Go Soeda.