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Struggling Anand faces a determined Tiviakov

other Updated: Jan 26, 2010 23:52 IST

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Struggling with his form, world champion Viswanathan Anand would be looking forward to make amends when he sits opposite Sergei Tiviakov of the Netherlands after second rest day, late on Tuesday.

Anand has bagged just four points after the eight Group A matches at this tournament and with each passing day, his chances of catching up with the leaders are diminishing.

Experts, however, think that Anand’s disappointing performance was “only to be expected” and said, “He cannot afford to unveil any opening secrets ahead of his title match against Topalov.”

The saving grace thus far is that the Indian ace has not been troubled a great deal in any of his games and he is still has a chance of podium finish if he can chalk out a few wins in the remaining five rounds after the second rest day.

Resta named as Force India reserve

Britain’s Paul di Resta is set to become a grand prix regular as Force India’s reserve driver while compatriot Gary Paffett will be McLaren’s main tester, according to team principal Martin Whitmarsh. The McLaren boss said after the Mercedes launch in Stuttgart that his team needed to replace Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa, who has taken a race seat at Sauber, but were in no hurry to do so.

“Paul will be running I believe in the majority of the Friday sessions (at grand prix weekends) for Force India, so it’s a great opportunity, said Whitmarsh, whose McLaren team have a cooperation agreement with Force India.

Girls advance in Super Series tennis

Aandrita Deb of Bengal ousted eighth seed Kavya Bharath of Tamil Nadu 6-1, 6-1 in the Under-16 girls singles event at the Sunfeast-AITA Junior Tennis Super Series at the Calcutta South Club here on Tuesday.

In another match, fifth seed Rajbir Kaur of Punjab defeated D. Nayinika Reddy of Andhra Pradesh 6-4, 3-6. In the boys’ singles Under-16 category, Delhi boy Karan Salwan beat sixth seed Rishabh Dev of Punjab 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.