Ankita Raina Bags Bronze at Asian Games

Jakarta, 23 August 2018: Rising Indian Tennis star Ankita Raina had to contend with a bronze medal, as she went down to China’s Shuai Zhang in the Tennis Women’s Singles Semi-finals here on Thursday. It was a spirited performance from her to get to this stage and everyone in the country would be very proud of her.

A rule of the 2018 Asian Games is that both losing semi-finalist will receive a bronze medal, so Raina didn’t have to play a 3rd-4th place game. For all those who didn’t watch the game, let me tell you that Raina didn’t give up without fighting. She gave it her all in a high-profile match, against Zhang, who has been a regular player at the biggest stage, and is also the highest ranked Chinese player at the moment.

Not many would’ve given Raina a chance against such a top player, but she gave it 200% in a game that she eventually lost 4-6, 6-7, out on court for over 2 hours against Zhang. After the Asian Games, Zhang next plays former world number one, Garbine Muguruza, in their Round 1 match of the US Open next week.

Ankita Raina

Ankita Raina didn’t waste time before posting her happiness on Twitter:

While Raina walked away with honours in the Women’s Singles Event, India’s hopes in the Mixed Doubles washed away as the pair of Raina and Rohan Bopanna lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-10 to an Indonesian pair in their quarter final game. Bopanna, however, went on to win gold in the Men’s Doubles, with his partner, Divij Sharan. This became India’s 6th gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games.

For all latest updates on the 2018 Asian Games, visit Sports Team of India.

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