Tennis: Istomin wins men’s singles gold at Asian Games

The second and final day of finals for the tennis tournament at the 2018 Asian Games occurred today. In terms of Olympic qualification the winner, with some conditions of the men’s singles was given a quota to compete in 2020. The tennis tournament within the games was held from August 19th to August 25th 2018.

The top half of the bracket went relatively as expected with top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan reaching the final without dropping a set, defeating fourth seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran from India 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-final. The bottom half of the bracket saw more upsets with second seed Ramkumar Ramanathan (India) and third seed Jason Jung (Chinese Taipei) losing in the third round and quarterfinals respectively. The semi-final match saw twelfth seed Wu Yibing of China defeating seventh seed Lee Duck-hee of South Korea 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

The final had Wu score an early break against Istomin and a second break in the eighth game gave Wu the first set 6-2. Istomin would tie things up by scoring two breaks in the second set to also win it 6-2. The final and deciding set had the players trade breaks which forced the set and match into a tiebreaker. Istomin would win the tiebreaker, the gold medal and the Olympic quota 7-2.

For Istomin to keep the Olympic quota he must remain in the top 300 of the ATP rankings on June 8th 2020 and Uzbekistan must not have four athletes qualifying normally through the ATP rankings. Given his current form those conditions should be doable, if not the quota will be offered to the next highest ranked athlete from the Asian Games.

Qualified Nations

Men’s singles
* Uzbekistan

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