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India ready for semifinals

It was a real close match. We were two points away from being shown the door. In the end, it was our experience that carried us through. It was good to come away with a close win, as the Indian tennis contingent stayed on course for a good haul of five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

sports Updated: Oct 08, 2010 00:31 IST
Mahesh Bhupathi
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It was a real close match. We were two points away from being shown the door. In the end, it was our experience that carried us through. It was good to come away with a close win, as the Indian tennis contingent stayed on course for a good haul of five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. Now, we need to be ready for the semis tomorrow.

Somdev Devvarman, top seeded in the singles, won his quarterfinal over a Kiwi player, Rubin Statham and marched into the semifinals. He and Rohan 'Bofors' Bopanna also won their quarter-final doubles match and entered the last four from the other half. That makes it interesting indeed. Sania also made the semi-finals. It has been a fantastic atmosphere at the tennis courts. There have been good crowds and this is still the early stages. It almost feels like Davis Cup with the crowds cheering us all the way.

Our opponents today Josh Goodall and James Ward of England are a young pair and they played well. They made us grind out a three set win 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) to make it to the semi-finals. It is now the business end of the tournament and we will be up against the Australians Peter Luczak and Paul Hanley.

Goodall and Ward had nothing to lose and they put up an amazing disay of power serving.

There was a whole lot of break points in the second set and they kept bombing serves. Of course, we have been there many times before, but we still needed to keep our composure.