India is sending a strong 12 member contingent for Asian Games 2018 to better the previous tally of one gold, one silver,and two bronze won in last Asian Games. We will now have a look at the events in which Indian players stand a chance of winning medals.
Ramkumar Ramanathan ranked 118th in the world is India’s best hope of winning a medal in this event. The recent performances produced by Ramkumar in ATP circuit has increased the hopes of the people in the Country. He has to consistently produce his best tennis throughout Asian games to shred off challenges from Japan. Uzbekistan and Chinese Taipei players to win the gold medal for India. Ramkumar has a very good all-round game to beat players of different styles which makes him the favorite for the title.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran ranked 161 in the world also has a good chance of reaching medal rounds if he is able to give his best performance in these games. Left-handed Prajnesh is playing really well this year and improved his rankings by a significant amount this year. 28 year old will probably face the top-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in Semifinals which will be a very tough hurdle to cross for him. If he crosses it, there is a possibility of all-Indian finals in Asian games.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan are expected to win the Gold medal in their category. Experience of both these players in top-level tournaments makes them the outright favorite for these games. The pair has to stay focused and rub of rustiness in order to avoid any upsets in their matches.Rohan ( Ranking-32) and Divij ( Ranking-38) are the highest ranked doubles players in Asia. They might face some challenge from Chinese Taipei, South Korean and Japanese Players.
Rohan Bopanna and Prathana Thombare are going to represent India in this category. Rohan has played a lot of grand slams in this category and won French open 2017 with Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada. Rohan’s experience and skills along with Prathna’s all-round game ( ranking-149) have made them a serious contender for medals in this games. Chinese Taipei and Japanese pairs will give them a tough fight in their quest for a Gold medal.
Players in other categories have to play out of their skins to win medals for the country. According to analysis done by Sportingindia team, Indian tennis will surely win more gold medals than last time but the overall tally of medals might be lower compared to 2014 games.Tennis Profile