Uzbekistanâ€™s Akgul Amanmuradova fell just short in her bid for womenâ€™s tennis singles gold at the Asian Games, when she lost in the finals to Chinaâ€™s Peng Shui 7-5, 6-2. Earlier in the semifinal round the third-seeded Amanmuradova defeated Indiaâ€™s Sania Mirza 6-7 (9-7), 6-3, 6-4 to send Mirza home with the bronze medal. Both semifinalists, Mirza and Japanâ€™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 Thailandâ€™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 Womenâ€™s Tennis Association world singles rankings, while Amanmuradova is ranked 69th.