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Somdev-Martin falter in quarters

sports Updated: Feb 05, 2011 00:10 IST

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Somdev Devvarman and David Martin bowed out of the doubles event of the SA Tennis Open after losing the closely fought quarter-final against Karol Beck and Dudi Sela. The Indo-American pair fought valiantly before losing 7-6(1) 3-6 10-12 to Slovakian-Israeli pair in the last-eight stage match.

Somdev however hopes for a better show in the singles event where he is quarter-final and will face South African Rik de Voest.

India finish last
Nonthaburi, Thailand: India ended at the bottom of Pool A in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I after losing 1-2 against Thailand in its last league engagement here on Friday.

It was India's third consecutive defeat in as many days, as it earlier suffered defeats against China and Uzbekistan. Now India will clash against Chinese Taipei, who finished last in Pool B. This will be India's last chance to stay in Group I as the loser will be relegated to Group II of the Asia/Oceania zone. Earlier, the tie was locked at 1-1 after the singles matches and yet again the doubles rubber became decisive, which India lost with Sania Mirza and Rushmi Charavarthi. The Indian pair lost 6-3 0-6 5-7 to Noppawan Lertcheewakaran and Nungnadda Wannasuk.

Nalbandian stunned
Santiago: David Nalbandian was upset 6-2 7-5 by his unseeded Argentine Davis Cup team mate Horacio Zeballos in the second round of the Santiago claycourt tournament.