Women’s doubles pair of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Ayhika Mukherjee© Twitter
Sutirtha Mukherjee and Auhika Mukherjee’s mammoth victory ended with a historic bronze medal at the Asian Games after the Indian duo lost the hard-fought women’s doubles semi-final to North Korea 3-4 in Hangzhou on Monday. Sutirtha and Ayhika lost 3-4 (11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 2-11) to Suyong Cha and Sugyong Pak, but took the bronze after a sensational victory on Saturday over world champions from China. (Tally Asian Games medals)
The result ended India’s challenge at the Games. The medal came on the back of an unexpected event where the Indian duo defeated Chinese duo Meng Chen and Yidi Wang in the quarter-finals.
In 2018, India created history by bagging an unprecedented men’s team and bronze in mixed doubles.
The difference between Monday’s match and the quarter-final was the fact that the North Koreans were not as bothered by Ayhika’s anti-spin rubber in the match, unlike the rattling Chinese pair.
“We failed to show the patience they did. We were a bit nervous in the last game and they attacked well to finish the points,” Sutirtha said.
“But we are happy with a podium finish, the first in women’s doubles,” Ayhika added.
The Indians had to keep up the offense in the final game, but were unable to do so. In fact, the North Koreans counterattacked and took a 6-1 lead.
The feisty Indian couple had no answer and their fate was sealed when Sutirtha scored a forehand.
Nevertheless, it was still a monumental achievement by the Indians, who are now ready to build on their success.
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