Nagal wins gold with crushing win over Prashanth
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Ashgabat, Sep 27 (PTI) Sumit Nagal bagged the men's singles gold medal in the tennis event of Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games with a dominating win over compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth here today.
Nagal outplayed Prashanth 6-1 6-1 in the all-Indian final as he broke him five times in the match.
"It gave me great pleasure to play for my country and to secure a gold. It gave me an opportunity to play one of my friends in the final," Nagal told PTI after the final match.
"It was a great tournament as it was my first international team event in my career. I started slow in the tournament but managed to play better and better. Big thanks to the coaches (Ashutosh Singh and Anand Dubey) who helped me till the final from day one," he said.
It was the second medal for Prashanth in the tournament, having won a gold in the men's doubles with reigning singles national champion Vishnu Vardhan.
Vradhan also won two medals in the tournament as he won a silver in the mixed doubles with Prarthana Thombare, who is now focussed on doubles.
Thombare also won a silver in the women's doubles with Ankita Raina, who is country's top woman singles player.
The women's singles was the only event where India returned empty-handed. Both Ankita and national champion Riya Bhatia had lost in the quarterfinal stage.
Overall, India won five medals -- two gold and three silver medals -- from tennis.
The men's squad was coached by former national champion Ashutosh Singh while the women's team was guided by Ankita Bhambri