India's gold medal hope crashed due to Yuki Bhamri and Rohan Bopanna's shock defeat

India coach said that Bopanna did not get the required support from Bhamri in the match

Regretfully, Rohan Bopanna and Yuki Bhambri were knocked out of the Asian Games after being stunned by lower-ranked Sergey Fomin and Khumoyun Sultanov from Uzbekistan on 25th September. The Uzbeki players walked away with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 win in the second round.

This is a jarring situation as unlike the uzbeki players, Bopanna is a top-10 player in doubles while Bhambri too is ranked among the top-100. 

Bhambri had issues with his serve and strokes in the latter part of the match. In the second set, Bhambri served a double fault and went down by a break point. Bhamri tried a wide backhand which handed the Uzbekis the crucial break.

The Uzbekis earned a 3-0 lead in the Super-tie breaker, and soon made it 6-1 and then Fomin earned four match points. 

Coach Zeeshan Ali said, "Rohan played a good match but unfortunately did not get the required support needed to win today from his partner who otherwise has been having a very good doubles season." 

Bopanna is playing his last Asian Games this year and both of them will now go on to compete in the mixed doubles.

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