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Sanam storms into ITF final

Sanam Singh registered another dominating performance, gliding past fourth seed Kento Takeuchi of Japan 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals in the ITF Men’s Futures $10,000 tournament at Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association complex on Friday

chandigarh Updated: Feb 25, 2012 13:45 IST
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Sanam Singh registered another dominating performance, gliding past fourth seed Kento Takeuchi of Japan 6-2, 6-2, in the semifinals in the ITF Men’s Futures $10,000 tournament at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association complex in Sector 10 here on Friday.

It took Sanam just 38 minutes to take the first set. Takeuchi provided no resistance as Sanam played with great aplomb and broke twice to take the first set in front of home crowd.
In the second set too, Sanam kept up the good work and raced to 4-1 lead before Takeuchi mounted some pressure in his effort to make a comeback.

The sixth game proved to the longest as Takeuchi made his last stand to make a match out of a tie in which he was clearly outclassed. Takeuchi hit some brilliant passing shots but Sanam kept his cool and pocketed the game to stretch his lead to 5-1.

The Japanese made it 2-5 but Sanam, serving for the match, sealed the deal with a classic serve-and-volley game. In the second semi, N Sriram Balaji defeated fifth seed R Virali Murugesan in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to set up the title clash, which starts at 10am on Court No. 1 and will be telecast live on Doordarshan.

Gajjar-myneni clinch doubles title Rohan Gajjar and Saketh Myneni emerged victorious in an all-India final between two unseeded pairs, combining well to defeat the team of Vijay Kannan and Arun Prakash Rajagopalan in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

After a tight start that saw the duos match each other stroke-for-stroke, Gajjar and Myneni finally prevailed, taking the opening set 7-5. The second set remained on serve till the crucial seventh game, after which Myneni-Gajjar broke through to surge 5-3 ahead. Hyderabad-based Myneni’s big serves coupled with Gajjar’s cross-court forehands and quick finishes at the net helped the duo finish the match off without any incident.

“It feels good to win the title. Rohan helped me a lot, especially since I’ve been battling a foot injury,” said Myneni, who was seeded eighth in the singles draw but was forced to withdraw from his quarterfinal clash against Takeuchi due to the injury.