Tennis: Wang Defends Asian Games Gold Medal

The first 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 women’s singles was given a quota to compete in 2020. The tennis tournament within the games is being held from August 19th to August 25th 2018.

The tournament was dominated by the top two seeds; China’s Zhang Shuai and the defending champion Wang Qiang, also from China whom both reached the finals without dropping a set. The semifinals had Zhang defeat sixth seed Ankita Raina from India 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) while Wang defeated eleventh seed Liang En-shuo from Chinese Taipei 6-1, 6-3. The gold medal match saw six breaks in serve in the first set with Wang taking a two break lead before Zhang came back with two breaks of her own. Wang would close the set with another two breaks, winning 6-3. The second set was initially much more discipline for the two players, but it was Wang whom got the first break in the sixth game, a second break in the eighth game gave her the 6-2 win and her second individual gold medal at the Asian Games.

For Wang to keep the Olympic quota she must remain in the top 300 of the WTA rankings on June 8th 2020 and must not let four other athletes from China be ranked above her and qualify to the Olympics through the WTA rankings. Given her 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

Women’s singles
* China

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