Khadka reaches second round in tennisThe 25-year-old beats Timor-Leste’s Mendes 6-0, 6-0 to set up a second-round meeting against Japan’s Mochizuki.
Tennis player Pradip Khadka progressed to the second round of men’s singles at the Asian Games as other events including judo, boxing, esports, handball, rugby, wushu and taekwondo all had a day to forget in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday.
Khadka saw off Antonio Mendes of Timor-Leste in straight sets of 6-0, 6-0 to progress into the second round at the Hangzhou Olympics Sports Centre Tennis Court 4. He will meet Japan’s Shintaro Mochizuki in the second round scheduled for Monday.
Nepal, meanwhile, lost the other three tennis matches. Abhilasha Bista and Mahika Rana, both of whom received byes in the first rounds, were defeated in their first game. Rana lost to Korea’s Sohyun Park in straight sets of 6-0, 6-1. Bista suffered a double bagel defeat against Thailand’s Mananchaya Sawangkaew.
The men’s doubles match saw pair of Khadka and Avishek Bastoal succumbed to a 6-2, 6-3 defeat against India’s pair of Sai Saketh Myeni and Ramkumar Ramanathan
Nepal’s Sameer Gurung lost the first game of the EA Sports FC Online under Esports included for the first time in the Asian Games. Gurung was defeated 2-1 by Hang Sam Tong.
Nepal’s pugilist Sangita Sunar and Deepak Shrestha both lost their Sangita Sunar both lost their first bouts in the boxing at Hangzhou Gymnasium. Sunar was defeated 5-0 by Vietnam’s Linh Thi in women’s 57kg-60kg preliminary round of 32. Shrestha also faced the same scoreline defeat by Uzbekistan’s Turabek Khabbullaev in men’s 71 kg-80 kg preliminary round of 32.
In women’s 50kg-54 kg bout, Nepal’s Minu Gurung lost to Japan’s Rinka Kinoshita by points going down 5-0.
Nepal lost their first match of the handball, facing an empathetic 57-10 defeat against host China in the Group ‘B’ match. Apart from China, Nepal are drawn alongside Japan, India and Hong Kong in the group. Nepal are scheduled to play against Japan on Wednesday, Hong Kong on Friday and India on Saturday.
Nepal’s Vikash BK secured victory in the preliminary round of 16 in the men’s below 60kg division before losing the quarter-final game in men’s judo. He secured a 10-0 victory over Volodymyr Guchkov of Cambodia following an ippon, the highest point obtained in judo. But in the quarter-final bout, he succumbed to an ippon defeat against Turkmenistan’s Aybek Omirov.
Two other judokas including Debaki Maya Shrestha and Indra Bahadur Shrestha both lost their preliminary round bouts. Debaki faced an ippon defeat by Sosorbaram Lkhagvasuren in women’s below 52 kg weight division’s round of 16. Indra also went down 10-0, facing an ippon against Hong Kong’s Martin Lau in men’s below 66kg division in the round of 32.
Nepal men team’s Rugby Sevens challenge ended at the Asian Games after they suffered comprehensive defeats in all four group stage games.
In their first match of Pool D, Nepal faced a thumping 55-7 defeat to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while hosts China humiliated Nepal 65-0 in the second game. They succumbed to a 41-0 defeat against Afghanistan in the last group match. Nepal will now play against the Philippines and Thailand for determining rankings.
Nepal failed to live up to expectations in taekwondo as both Nepal’s Prem Bahadur Limbu crashed out from the quarter-final round while Swastika Tamang made first round exit.
Limbu earned 102.3 points in men’s individual poomse round of 16 to beat Pakistan’s Ullah Aqdus Qadeer who secured 101 points. But in the quarter-final, he secured 99.6 points against 106.1 points of Patrick King Perez of the Philippines. Tamang meanwhile, lost women’s individual poomse to Aqidah Binte Muhammad Dia Diyanah in the first round.
Meanwhile, wushu player Elina Chaudhary, Rohit Chunaro, Mangal Prasad Tharu and Padam Rai all lost in their first bouts.