Asian Game 2018: Ramkumar Ramanthan largest disappointment, says coach Zeeshan Ali after crew missed medal goal

Palembang: The Indian tennis contingent received three medals as an alternative of the projected 5 however that occurred resulting from Ramkumar Ramanathan’s disappointing efficiency in singles and the surprising absence of stalwart Leander Paes, mentioned coach Zeeshan Ali.

“The goal was a medal in all 5 occasions. Ram was a giant disappointment in singles. Anticipated quite a bit from the second seed, he had been enjoying good tennis over the past six months. Disenchanted that he performed a flawed tactical match, doing issues that he was not snug doing (serve and volley). There was a medal prospect proper there,” Ali instructed PTI, reflecting on the efficiency right here.

File picture of Ramkumar Ramanathan. AFP

India received 5 medals together with a blended doubles gold at Incheon 4 years in the past. On the Jakabaring Tennis Middle, medals got here from males’s doubles, males’s singles and ladies’s singles.

The captain and coach mentioned India ought to have received two males’s singles medals and one in blended doubles.

“It was a really creditable efficiency from Prajnesh to win a medal however he was the fourth seed. Equally, Ram too was anticipated to achieve the semifinals,” mentioned Ali.

It was nonetheless a reasonably first rate effort, contemplating Paes had pulled-out final minute as he was sad with the crew choice.

That left Ali with little or no time to determine one males’s doubles mixture and the 2 blended doubles pairings. The blended pairing of Ankita Raina and Rohan Bopanna, and Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan was fashioned after only one ‘try-out’ session

“To say that we did not (miss Paes) could be incorrect. I needed to work males’s doubles and blended doubles mixture very quickly, particularly blended. With Leander’s expertise, issues might have been totally different in blended and males’s doubles,” mentioned Ali.

Sania, who’s anticipating, had received a blended doubles gold and ladies’s doubles silver 4 years in the past.

“It was fairly good contemplating the final minute pull-out, not having our primary males’s singles participant (Yuki Bhambri), primary ladies’s doubles participant (Sania Mirza) and Leander not coming. With the crew that we had, we did okay.”

Requested to select the positives from the Game’ marketing campaign, Ali picked Raina’s bronze successful effort in singles and the doubles gold from Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan. Raina turned solely the second Indian after Sania to win a ladies’s singles medal at Asian Game.

“It was the approaching collectively of Rohan and Divij. They performed collectively for the primary time. I used to be very impressed with the best way they dealt with themselves. There have been a number of ups and downs however with the expertise they’ve, they had been capable of get by way of these powerful matches in quarters and semis.

“Going ahead, I hope they will play a few tournaments collectively as a result of their rankings are shut to one another. That will assist Indian tennis in Davis Cup, crew occasions like Asian Game and Olympics.”

Nevertheless, it’s too early to say that they will win an Olympic medal.

“For the Olympics, they would wish to should play at a a lot greater stage to win a medal. After all each match they performed helped them enhance as a crew and it was evident within the remaining. Additionally Rohan is 38-39, Sharan can also be within the 30s, so little early to say what will occur two years down the road.

“The entry into the Olympics can also be based mostly on the ATP rankings. Two years in the past Rohan was within the top-10 and so was Leander however that’s not the case anymore. They should enhance the rankings to play within the Olympics. However they’ve proved over right here that they will play collectively,” added the previous Davis Cup participant.



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