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Sanam Singh enters semi-finals

chandigarh Updated: Feb 24, 2012 13:02 IST
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Local lad Sanam Singh will take on fourth seed Kento Takeuchi of Japan while N. Sriram Balaji, will meet fifth seeded compatriot Murugeshan R. Virali in the singles semifinals of the International Tennis Federation Men's Future $10,000 tournament at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association complex in Sector 10 here on Thursday.

The doubles final will be an all-India affair with Rohan Gajjar and Saketh Myneni facing Vijay Kannan and Arun Prakash Rajagopalan for the title.

The day started off with Sanam disposing off Japan's Shuichi Sekiguhi in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. In the second quarterfinal, Takeuchi went down 5-7 in the opening set against eighth seeded Indian Saketh Myneni.

The Japanese was leading 5-2 in the second when his opponent withdrew from the contest. The third quarterfinal saw Balaji beating seventh seed Sarvar Ikramov of Uzbekistan in straights sets 6-2, 7-5. In the final last eight clash, India's Virali Munugeshan had little difficulty in overcoming second seed Arata Onozava of Japan in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

The first doubles semifinal was a fierce contest between the Indian duo of Gajjar and Myneni and the top seeded Taiwanese pair of Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien-Yin Peng. The Indians easily won the first set 6-1, but the twosome from Taiwan came back strongly to take the second set 7-6 (5) in the tie-breaker.

The final set was a repeat of the second, but in the ensuing super tie-breaker, Gajjar and Myneni held their nerve to clinch it 10-4 and book a place in the finals.

The other doubles semi saw the wild card pair of Vijay Kannan and Arun Prakash Rajagopalan pip second seeds, Briton Miles Bugby and Irishman Sam Barry in straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-3.

At the end of a tight first set that saw both pairs break their opponents' serve on multiple occasions, the Indian duo came out on top in the tie-breaker. The second set was not much of a contest as Kannan and Rajagopalan won comfortably to set up an all-India clash in the final.

Today's matches, which start with the first of the singles semis on Court No. 1 at 10am, will be telecast live on Doordarshan.