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Slow court draws flak from both victors and vanquished

sports Updated: Feb 04, 2013 00:41 IST
HT Correspondent

It was not a day for things to go India's way.

After the much-celebrated doubles win on Saturday, non-playing captain SP Misra had pointed out that India's job on the final day would be 'tough'. And the Koreans simply kept at what they did best - run down every ball and make life miserable for the hosts.

India's best, VM Ranjeet, had a better day than his opener on Friday. He managed to fight but unfortunately Korea's Jeong Suk-Young proved to be the better player. "You are motivated when you play for the country. I knew I had a tough task but fought till the end. The crowd was superb. In fact, I had goose bumps entering the court. It was a special feeling," the 27-year-old said on Sunday.

The biggest concern for both parties seemed to be the slow centre court. "The slow court was against us. It was tailor-made for someone like Somdev (Devvarman). It was too slow for these guys. They tried but could not adjust to it," Misra pointed out. So did Ranjeet feel he would have had a better chance on a different surface? "On a faster court, 100 per cent; we would have been up the first day. These were almost like home conditions for the opposition. I wish we had played on lightening fast courts or grass courts!" he joked.

However, Jeong had a different version. "My style of game is fast, so these conditions didn't suit me at all," he explained. Having recently started working with an American coach who has been teaching him to play an aggressive game, he had to play very calmly to close out the match.

Misra kept emphasising how playing on the Tour and for the country was different. "The Koreans were more experienced. If you look at Ranjeet, he was wiped out on Friday but did put up a fight today. Losing a tie is always sad, but I have to say the Koreans were better," the former Davis Cupper added.