Amanmuradova and Mirza Take Silver and Bronze

Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova fell just short in her bid for women’s tennis singles gold at the Asian Games, when she lost in the finals to China’s Peng Shui 7-5, 6-2. Earlier in the semifinal round the third-seeded Amanmuradova defeated India’s Sania Mirza 6-7 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4 to send Mirza home with the bronze medal. Both semifinalists, Mirza and Japan’s Kimiko Data-Krumm, took home bronze medals, as there is no third-fourth playoff at the Asian Games.

Mirza, meanwhile, is in the mixed doubles finals with Indian compatriot Vishnu Vardhan. They defeated Thailand’s top seeded pair of Tamarine Tanasugarn and Sanchai Ratiwatana 6-3, 6-7(3), 1-0 in an hour and 35 minutes in the semifinals. The sixth-seeded Indians next face Yung Jan Chan and Tsung Hua Yang of Chinese Taipei for the gold medal.

Mirza is currently ranked 166th in the Women’s Tennis Association world singles rankings, while Amanmuradova is ranked 69th.


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