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Hesh-Bopanna advance, stars shown the door

sports Updated: Jan 08, 2010 01:46 IST
Deepti Patwardhan

Third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna overcame a second-set fightback and a rain interruption to book their place in the quarterfinals of the Aircel Chennai Open doubles on Thursday.

The Indian duo, leading 6-3, 5-5 when rain interrupted play on Wednesday morning, took the second set tie-break 7-5 to beat Americans, James Cerretani and Travis Rettenmaier, in the first round.

The Bhupathi-Bopanna pair will face British pair Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski in the last eight stage.

Bhambri-Moya advance

The Yuki Bhambri-Carlos Moya combine were given a wildcard entry into the tournament more as a crowd puller than in anticipation of making any serious inroads into the doubles draw.

But the duo did not let the vast gulf in age (Yuki’s 17 to Moya’s 33) and experience matter much as they teamed up to beat Robby Ginepri and Dudi Sela of Israel 6-2, 4-6, 10-5 in the first round.

They will play Spanish second seeds Marcel Granollers and Santiago Ventura in the quarterfinals.

Defending champ out

While the singles holder Marin Cilic survived a second-round scare against Granollers on Wednesday evening, top seeds and doubles defending champions Rajeev Ram and Eric Butorac could not extend their streak in Chennai.

Stanislas Wawrinka avenged his defeat in the doubles finals last year as he combined with fellow Swiss, Yves Allegro, to knock out Ram and Butorac 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Star power goes out

With top seed Robin Soderling and local favourite Somdev Devvarman out of the singles event, the event has lost most of its star power and the mood at the SDAT Nungambakkam Stadium was rather sombre.

Robby Ginepri, who had inspired hope of a comeback during his straight-set victory over Soderling, Michael Russell and Kevin Kim were all shown the door in the second round on Thursday.

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka was the most recognised player on Centre Court on the evening and the Swiss delighted the crowd with some delectable backhands during his 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russell.

Seventh seed Michael Berrer also clinched a quarterfinal berth as he defeated France’s Stephane Robert 7-6 (7), 6-3.