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Tennis News: India finalise on doubles pairing after Paes' exit

The Indian tennis contingent squad has finally figured out its doubles combinations less than 24 hours before the start of competition at the Asian Games after Leander Paes’s sudden withdrawal. Paes, who was unhappy with the team selection pulled out of the event at last-minute throwing captain and coach Zeeshan Ali's plans haywire. The singles entries were already decided and so was the doubles pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan. The other doubles and mixed doubles combinations were finalised after an intense training session on Friday. Ramkumar Ramanathan, who will be playing singles alongside Prajnesh Gunneswaran, will form the second men's doubles pairing with Sumit Nagal. The captain was upset at having to choose between Ramanathan, Gunneswaran and Nagal as they are all singles specialists. The choice in the mixed doubles is rather interesting. Besides their singles duty, Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi will be playing mixed doubles with Bopanna and Sharan respectively. Doubles player Prarthana Thombare will only play doubles with Raina, who will be playing three events. Rutuja Bhonsale and Pranjala Yadlapalli will be the other women's doubles duo.

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  • Released : 19-Aug-2018

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