India bags one silver, one bronze in tennis

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Pune, Oct 18 (UNI) Kyra Shroff of India had to be satisfied with the silver medal in the women's singles tennis final going down tamely to Heather Watson of Guernsey in straight sets at 1-6, 2-6 in just 59 minutes on the last day of the third edition of the Youth Commonwealth Games being held at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports city, Balewadi here today.

India also bagged a bronze medal when Yuki Bhamri beat Logan Mackenzie 7-5, 6-2 in an hour and nine minutes.

Kyra, who had played 11 straight sets in the last two days, showed signs of weariness and tiredness which transformed her game as she gave up on points easily helping Heather to give her country its first medal at the games and a gold to boot.

Yuki, who had to retire from his semifinal match yesterday following a leg injury against Finn Tearney of New Zealand, seemed to have overcome the injury as he got better of another Kiwi Logan Mackenzie in straight sets.

Yuki had to fight hard in the first set which he finally won at 7-5. However, Logan seemed to have used up all his energy in the first set at he caved in meekly in the second losing 2-6 to hand the bronze medal to the second seeded Indian.

The women's singles bronze medal, however, eluded India as Poojashree Venkatesha had to retire following a shoulder injury when she was losing 0-4 against Monica Wejnert of Australia.

The men's gold medal went to Finn Tearney who beat Hendrik Coertzen of South Africa beating him in straight sets at 6-4, 6-2.

Results: Men's singles Final: Finn Tearney (New Zealand) beat Hendrik Coertzen (RSA) 6-4, 6-2 Men's singles bronze medal match: Yuki Bhamri (Ind) beat Loagn Heather Watson (Guernsey) Women's singles Final: Heather Watson (Guernsey) beat Kyra Shroff (India) 6-1, 6-2 Women's singles bronze medal: Monica Wejnert (Australia) beat Poojashree Venkatesha (India) 4-0 (retd).


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