Rohan Bopanna won his second gold medal at the Asian Games 2023 cementing his standing as an Indian tennis royalty on the continental scale. The powerful Indian combo, partnering with the skillful Rutuja Bhosale, not only won the coveted gold medal in the doubles final, but also achieved a key milestone as Bhosale claimed her first Asian Games gold medal.
Taiwan duo claimed first set supremacy
The pair of Liang Enshuo and Huang Conghao asserted their dominance in the Asian Games 2023 doubles final, claiming the first set with a comfortable 6-2 triumph over Bhosale and Bopanna.
The statistical breakdown of the first set sheds light on the match’s dynamics. Enshuo and Conghao outperformed Bopanna in first-serve accuracy, with a commendable 65% success rate compared to 50% for Bopanna. Despite the lack of first-serve aces, they capitalized on their successful serves, securing 13 out of 20 points. Whereas, Bhosale and Bopanna only scored 6 out of 10.
The opening set’s total score showed Enshuo and Conghao’s domination, with the set ending at 6-2. Their strong serve returns let them to maintain a consistent lead. In terms of returns, Bhosale and Bopanna were 50% successful on the serves, while their opponents were 36% successful on Bopanna’s serves.
Bopanna/Bhosale stages comeback, clinched the second set
Bopanna and Bhosale demonstrated their tenacity by winning the second set, 6-3. This comeback swung the momentum in favor of the Indian duo after Enshuo and Conghao dominated the first set.
The statistical breakdown of the second set reveals the contest’s intensity. Bopanna’s first-serve accuracy increased to 77%, surpassing the opponent’s 59%. The Indian duo, particularly Bopanna, used strong first serves to their advantage, delivering two aces and scoring on 12 of 17 first serves. Despite their consistency, the Taiwan duo bore the brunt of Bopanna’s powerful serves.
The overall score for the second set favored Bopanna and Bhosale, who had 29 to Enshuo and Conghao’s 22. The Indian pair’s success on both first and second serves was critical in clinching the set.
The break of serve point conversion in the second set highlighted Bopanna’s revival even more, with a remarkable 50% success rate on two chances, while Enshuo and Conghao failed to capitalize on their lone opportunity.
The exciting set also saw a significant rise in ace balls, with Bopanna contributing five of his team’s seven. The Indian duo’s lone double fault did little to detract from their overall excellent performance in the set.
Bopanna and Bhosale triumphed in a thrilling 10-Point decider
Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale won the Asian Games 2023 doubles final in a nail-biting climax that occurred under the recently established first-to-10-point system for the third set. The heated encounter against Enshuo and Conghao kept fans on the tip of their seats.
The statistics from the pivotal third set provide a look into the epic battle’s dramatic finale. Bopanna and Bhosale’s serves were exceptionally precise, with an 86% success rate on first serves and a flawless 100% on second serves. Rohan Bopanna’s powerful first serve resulted in two aces, contributing to their ten-point total.
Enshuo and Conghao, on the other hand, faced a tremendous test, scoring 71% of the time on first serves but failing to score on any of their second serves. During the 10-point set, the Indian duo’s solid and aggressive serving was crucial to their imposing performance.
Bopanna and Bhosale’s total score of 10-4 highlighted their superiority in the high-stakes third set. The Indian duo remained composed, scoring efficiently on both first and second serves and securing the crucial points required for victory.
The Indian pair’s strategic advantage was underscored by their 43% success rate on returns, compared to the Taiwan team’s 0%. The ability of Rohan Bopanna and Rutuja Bhosale to capitalize on their opponents’ serves proved key in the match. (Source of all the data- Hangzhou )
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