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Sipaeya waging lone Indian battle at ITF Open

sports Updated: Oct 24, 2007 19:29 IST
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India had a disappointing day at the USD 15000 ITF tennis here today as six players bowed out of the tournament leaving Sunil Kumar Sipaeya as lone player in fray from the host nation.

Eighth-seed Sunil moved into singles quarterfinal after beating compatriot Vijay Kannan 6-1 6-3 in the second round.

Both Sunil and Kannan first completed on Tuesday's incomplete matches as they beat N Vijay Sunder Prashant and Varun Walia respectively in the first round.

Left-handed Sunil now faces third seed Ivan Cerovic, who easily pipped Tushar Liberhan 6-1 6-2.

Top seed Pavol Cervenak accounted for two Indian players as he beat wild card Rupesh Roy in the first round and then defeated Aditya Madkekar 6-4 6-2 in the second round tie.

Also making an exit was Ashutosh Singh, who went down fighting against fourth seed Dekel Valtzer 3-6 6-3 7-6 (1).

Vivek Shokeen squandered first set lead to go down 6-3 4-6 4-6 against Marek Semjan of Slovakia.

Purav Raja did well to beat compatriot Divij Sharan in the first round in another yesterday's incomplete match but was outplayed by Philipp Oswald 3-6 3-6 in his second round match.

Sixth seed Alexy Kedryuk outclassed qualifier Ajai Selvaraj 6-0 6-1 in the second round and Rainer Eitzinger got past Rohan Gide 6-2 6-2 in the first round.

Rainer then went on to beat Robert Belak 6-1 6-2 to book a last eight stage.