The 19th Asian Games kicked off with a grand opening ceremony on September 23rd in Hangzhou, China. Over 12,000 athletes from 45 member countries of the Olympic Council of Asia gathered to compete in a spectacular array of 40 different sports, totalling 481 events. Held at the iconic Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre, the ceremony featured mesmerizing dance performances, traditional music, and a grand fireworks display that illuminated the night sky.
The tennis action began on September 24th and featured a total of five disciplines: Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.
The early rounds of the tennis events saw players from across Asia battling it out for a chance to advance to medal rounds. Spectators witnessed intense matches that displayed the incredible depth of talent in Asian tennis. From powerful serves to elegant volleys, the players left no stone unturned in their quest for victory. As the tournament progressed, the competition grew fiercer. The quarterfinals brought together some of the top-seeded players in the region. Fans were treated to thrilling encounters that pushed players to their limits. The sheer determination and resilience on display were nothing short of inspiring.
The penultimate day of the tennis competitions was marked by the highly anticipated semi-final matches. These clashes pitted the best against the best, with athletes vying for a coveted spot in the finals. In Men’s singles Semi-final China’s Zhizhen Zhang, seeded number one in the event, faced off against Uzbekistan’s Sultanov Khumoyun, while Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki, seeded second, took on South Korea’s Hong Seongchan in the semi-finals. Zhang & Watanuki emerged as the winners in Men’s Semi-final.
In a spectacular display of tennis prowess, China’s Qinwen Zheng and Lin Zhu secured their spots in the finals of the women’s singles event at the 19th Asian Games. Seeded number one and two respectively, Zheng and Zhu faced formidable opponents Alexandra Eala (PHI) and Kaji Haruka (JPN) in the semi-finals but emerged victorious, setting the stage for a thrilling all-Chinese final.
Taipei’s Hsu Yu-hsiou & Jung Jason secured gold in men’s doubles, while China’s Qinwen Zheng clinched the women’s singles gold medal. In the men’s doubles final, all eyes were on the formidable Indian pair, Saketh Myneni & Ramkumar Ramnathan, seeded number two in the event. However, Taipei’s Hsu Yu-hsiou & Jung Jason had other plans, displaying remarkable teamwork and precision on the court. In the end, Hsu Yu-hsiou & Jung Jason secured victory with a score of 6-4, 6-4, with this win, they claimed the gold medal, leaving India with the silver.
In the women’s singles final, it was an all-Chinese affair, with top-seeded Qinwen Zheng facing off against second-seeded Lin Zhu. Both players had displayed exceptional talent throughout the tournament, making this final a highly anticipated clash. Qinwen Zheng delivered a commanding performance, defeating Lin Zhu with a score of 6-2, 6-4. Zheng’s relentless pursuit of victory earned her the gold medal.
Tennis competitions concluded on September 30th with a series of exhilarating gold medal matches that showcased the outstanding talent and competitive spirit of athletes from across Asia. As the dust settled on the tennis courts, Taipei celebrated a women’s doubles victory, China reigned supreme in the men’s singles, and India clinched the mixed doubles gold.
The women’s doubles final was an all-Taipei affair, featuring duo of Chan Hao-Ching & Chan Yung-Jan, against compatriots Lee Ya-Hsuan & Liang En-Shuo. In a closely contested match, Chan Hao-Ching & Chan Yung-Jan ultimately emerged victorious, defeating Lee Ya-Hsuan & Liang En-Shuo with a scoreline of 6-4, 6-3. Their gold medal triumph marked a historic moment for Taipei, as both pairs showcased their dominance in women’s doubles.
The men’s singles final was a battle between two top-seeded players, as China’s Zhizhen Zhang, seeded number one, went head-to-head with Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki, seeded second. The captivating. Zhang exhibited impeccable composure, securing the first set with a score of 6-4. The second set pushed both players to their limits, culminating in a thrilling tiebreak. In an edge-of-the-seat tiebreak, Zhang edged out Watanuki 7-6(7), clinching the gold medal and solidifying China’s dominance in men’s singles.
In the mixed doubles final, India’s pair of Rohan Bopanna & Rutuja Bhosale, seeded second in the event, faced Taipei’s Liang En-Shuo & Huang Tsung-Hao, seeded ninth. The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with each duo showcasing remarkable teamwork and determination. Despite losing the first set 2-6, Bopanna & Bhosale staged a stunning comeback in the second set, winning 6-3. The match was eventually decided in a thrilling super tiebreak, where the Indian pair displayed incredible grit, sealing their gold medal victory with a score of 10-4.
As the sun set on the final day which was filled with tennis excellence, Mr. Kitsombat Euammongkol, President, ATF awarded the medals to the champions. President also complemented and thanked the ATF Technical delegate Mr. Gilbert NG for his dedicated working and co-ordination with HACOG & CTA and overseeing the smooth operations and delivery of Asian Games.President also thanked & complemented the HACOG & CTA for their excellent delivery of the Asian Games.
The Asian Tennis Federation congratulates all the winners of the 19th Asian Games tennis finals and extends warm wishes to the nations and athletes who participated in this prestigious event. Your exceptional talent, dedication, and sportsmanship have brought honour and pride to your countries and the entire Asian tennis community. Special compliments to Nations Chinese Taipei, China and India for securing top three positions at 19th Asian Games.