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Chennai Open: Amritraj-Bopanna pair in semis

Prakash Amritraj-Rohan Boppana moved into the doubles semifinals after Srichaphan withdrew following an injury to his left thigh.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 22:43 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Prakash Amritraj-Rohan Boppana pair moved into the doubles semifinals after Paradorn Srichaphan withdrew following an injury to his left thigh, the ATP officiall announced on Friday night.

Srichaphan combining with Stepanek was scheduled to meet the Indian pair.

In the first match of the evening, Vliegen literally mauled Srichaphan, a finalist for the last four years having won the title in 2003, at 6-1 6-2, making it as the shortest match in the tournament this edition.

In the second match on the centre court, Moya, known as a late starter could get his moorings early in the first set and led 2-0.

Though he was broken in the third game he looked to be in his elements and in fact converted many of Phau's returns to his forehand with excellent court coverage and finally broke the German for the first set 6-4. (MORE)

Phau, who had also reached the Tokyo Open semifinals last year, showed superb mixture of both fore and backhand winners against Moya today and was waiting like a hawk for a break, which he duly achieved in the tenth game (second set) for neutralizing the set score.

However, the decider was a different story as the more experienced Spaniard found success as he pinned his rival to the back court, rushed to the net for delicate drops and often left Phau a mere spectator often.

Then on the fourth game proved to be the longest as the rivals were matching each other for unforced errors. Once, Phau surrendered the initiative on the first deuce to win the set and then Moya served an easy winner long with Phau rooted to the far end of the court. However, Phau managed to win the game with an immaculate passing shot.

Phau's rise was shortlived as Moya scripted a superb 6-1 win to claim the match.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 22:43 IST