Bhupathi-Bopanna pair gets fourth gold for India
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were made to sweat before beating Sunil Kumar Sipaeya and Vinod Sridhar.tennis Updated: Oct 30, 2003 20:38 IST
Grand Slam Champion Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were made to sweat before beating Sunil Kumar Sipaeya and Vinod Sridhar in three sets in the men's doubles final to give India its fourth gold in the tennis competition of the Afro Asian Games here.
Bhupathi, the main attraction here along with Sania Mirza in the women's section, and Bopanna won the first set but dropped the second before recovering in the third to register a 6-4 3-6 6-2 win as the hosts made another 1-2 finish after Sania and Rushmi Chakravarthy won the gold and silver in the women's singles.
In the men's singles semifinals, Vijay Kannan kept alive India's hopes of a clean sweep of golds as he rallied to quell a strong challenge from Sunday Maku of Nigeria 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7/4) to set up a title clash with Johnny Arcilla of Philippines.
Meanwhile, Sania and Rushmi defeated Czarina Arivelo and Patricia Sandos of Philippines 6-4 6-0 to enter the women's doubles final.
Arcilla also came back from a set down to score a 5-7 6-1 6-1 win over unseeded Sony Kayombo of Cango, who entered the semis by default after India No.1 Prakash Amritraj pulled out of the event.
The top seeded duo of Bhupathi and Bopanna failed to play to their potential in the initial stages and made a lot of unforced errors while the latter struggled with his serves. Though they did come up with winners, they were far and few.