India’s Devvarman eases to second Games gold

India’s Somdev Devvarman clinched his second gold in two days when he stunned top seeded Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-2 in the Asian Games men’s singles final on Tuesday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Tue 23 Nov 2010, 1:03 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:05 AM

The 25-year-old US-based player, who won the Commonwealth Games title in New Delhi in October, had teamed up with Sanam Singh to win the men’s doubles on Monday.

Istomin, ranked 66 places above Devvarman, saw his gold-medal bid steadily unravel as he slipped 0-5 in the first set.

Devvarman was 3-1 ahead in the second set before the Uzbek briefly stopped the rot, but an eighth double fault of the final gave the Indian star a match point which he converted into gold when Istomin went wide with a forehand.

Istomin was also undone by 46 unforced errors to his opponent’s 25.

Later Tuesday, China’s Peng Shuai faces Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan in the women’s singles final.

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