Somdev Devaraman’s run at the ATP Challenger event in Aptos, USA, came to an end after a semifinal defeat against American Donald Young.
The second seed Indian fought hard but lost 2-6, 6-3, 4-6 to his third seed opponent at the $75,000 hard court event. Somdev collected 33 ATP ranking points and $3,765 as prize money for his effort. Young will take on Australian Marinko Matosevic in the summit clash.
Matosevic beat compatriot and fourth seed Carsten Bell 6-4, 6-4 in his semifinal. He had also ousted top seed American Rajeev Ram in the opening round itself.
Parimarjan in elite young field
Biel, Switzerland: World’s second youngest ever Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi will be looking forward to some exciting chess in the Young Grandmasters tournament, an innovation in the tradition of the Biel Chess Festival that starts its 43rd
edition on Monday.
The closed GM tournament will see reigning world junior champion Maxime Vachier Lagreave of France start as the top seeded player in this 10-players round robin wherein each participant will play against the other once.
The organisers have roped in eight of the top juniors in the world besides two slightly older players, Evgeny Tomashevsky of Russia, 23, and Maxim Rodshtein of Israel, 21.