August 23, 2018 15:40 IST

Asian Games 2018: Ankita Raina bags bronze in women's singles tennis

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Ankita Raina clinches bronze to become only second Indian to win Asiad women's singles medal Despite not being at full fitness, Ankita gave a spirited fight against a much higher rated opponent who is placed more than 150 places above her in the WTA rankings. Despite losing the first set, Ankita fought back and almost won the second set before going down 4-6, 6-7 in a tough, long drawn battle that lasted for two hours and 11 minutes.
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Ankita Raina wins Bronze medal in Indonesia The first set was hard fought with Ankita leading 4-3 at one stage before the Chinese player won three consecutive games to win the set. Zhang broke Ankita's serve in the third game of the second set and held serve to take a 3-1 lead. But the Indian hit back with a service break of her own to claw back to level terms at 3-3. She then held serve to take a 4-3 lead.
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Ankita Raina bags bronze in women's singles tennis With the second set tied at 6-6 the issue went into the tie-breaker. Ankita was trailing in the tie-breaker but made a superb comeback to equalise at 6-6.
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Ankita Raina wins bronze in women's singles tennis But Ankita then hit a return too long before another return into the net handed the match to Zheng.