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Somdev out of Austria Trophy qualifiers

sports Updated: Oct 25, 2010 23:36 IST
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Somdev Devvarman suffered a straight-set defeat against Marius Copil to bow out of the qualifying event of the Bank Austria Tennis Trophy. The second seed Indian lost 5-7 1-6 to his unseeded Romanian opponent in the second round of the euro 6,500,000 hard court event.

No other Indian is in the fray either in singles or doubles.

Also, Devvarman on Tuesday gained two positions to career best 94 in the latest ATP ranking chart. He now has 568 points. Leander Paes (5), Mahesh Bhupathi (14) and Rohan Bopanna (16) remained static in the doubles chart.

Garhwal Heroes win

New Delhi: On the final day of the qualifying rounds for the Durand Cup, AOC Secundrabad faced off against Garhwal Heroes, for the last position in the knock-out quarterfinals. Garhwal heroes took the game 3-0, with star player Kulbushan scoring once in the second half and Negi closing the deal 2 minutes into extra time. Garhwal Heroes proceed to play against Sporting Club De Goa on the 28th of November.

The other two places up for grabs in the quarterfinal stage were taken by MEG Bangalore and Indian Air Force. The quarterfinals start on the 27th of November at Ambedkar Stadium. Entry is free, the first match between Churchill Brother and MEG Bangalore.

Kashyap to lead Indian challenge

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist shuttler P Kashyap will spearhead Indian challenge in the Denmark Open Super Series badminton tournament starting in Odense on Tuesday.

"I am not thinking about anything else,” said Kashap. “Playing the first round is in my mind at this moment," Kashyap told PTI.

Anand to meet Wang Yue at Pearl Spring

Nanjing (China):World Champion Viswanathan Anand will take on Wang Yue of China in the first round of the second half of Pearl Spring Chess tournament here.

It was recuperation time for Anand after a fourth round loss against Etienne Bacrot of France and the Indian ace just played out a quick draw as white against Vugar Gashimov in the next round that was held ahead of the only rest day.

The six-players double round-robin tournament has seen some fascinating performance especially from World Number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway who had lost more than 25 elo rating points coming to this tournament.

The adage about class being permanent came true once again as Magnus has been savaging his opponents. He is in lead on 4 points out of a possible five.