Monday, November 22, 2010

Asiad: Somdev wins gold in tennis singles

India's [  ] Somdev Devvarman [  ] scripted history, when he became the first Indian to win a gold at the Asian Games, beating Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-2 to clinch the gold medal in Guangzhou on Tuesday.
It was a clinical performance by Somdev, as he didn't allow the Uzbekistan player to settle in.
With the win, Somdev added to his gold medal tally, which he had earlier won in the doubles category with Sanam Singh on Monday.
Somdev gold medal feat assumes significance as India landed here without star players like Leander Paes [  ] and Mahesh Bhupathi [  ], who opted to play in World Tour Finals in London [  ].
Somdev DevvarmanRohan Bopanna [ ] is also missing from the Indian line-up though he had failed to qualify for the World Tour Finals.
Somdev, a gold medallist at Commonwealth Games [  ], was truely India's flag bearer in the men's singles. Before him, no Indian had managed to enter men's singles final and India had won only three bronze medals in men's singles in Asian Games.
Leander Paes had won it in 1994 in Hiroshima Games and Mahesh Bhupathi and Prahlad Srinath had won it during 1998 Games in Bangkok.

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