Iran Wins First Int’l Tennis Gold Medal

Iran Wins First Int’l Tennis Gold Medal
Iran Wins First Int’l Tennis Gold Medal

Tennis player Sina Moghimi grabbed won a gold medal at the President Cup as the first ever international medal of the sport in the history of tennis sport in Iran on Sunday in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

After resting in the first round, Moghimi battled Russia’s Arkadii Voronchikhin in the second round to a 2-0 victory, IRNA reported on Monday.

In the third game, Sina downed Michael Minasyan of Sweden 2-0 and secured his berth in the quarterfinals against Simeon Kostov of Bulgaria. The Bulgarian won the first set but Moghimi’s comeback faded Kostov’s dream to win the game as Moghimi took the next two sets in a row and wrapped up the game 2-1 to advance to the semifinals.

Sina started his semifinal opposite the Russian Artur Kukasian with total dominance as he finished the first set 6-0. In the problematic second set, Kukasian took the lead 6-4 as the set finished but the Iranian fought tooth and nail to win the decisive third set 6-4 and ending the game 2-1.

In the final showdown, Moghimi faced Artur Soghoyan from the host country on the clay court. Not intending to give a set point, the Iranian junior player won the gold in two straight sets while the Armenian took consolation in silverware. Russian Kukasian and Swede Minasyan finished second and third respectively.

The week-long President Cup in Armenia kicked off on July 23 and ended July 29 with 32 players from Russia, England, Iran, Sweden, Greece, Iraq, Norway Lebanon, France Portugal, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Turkey among other nations.


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