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Leander Paes-James Cerretani in semis of Newport Beach Challenger tennis

Leander Paes and James Cerretani advanced in the $150,000 Newport Beach Challenger event after receiving a walkover from the local pair of Frances Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh.

tennis Updated: Jan 26, 2018 20:06 IST
Leander Paes in currently playing in the Newport Beach Challenger.
Leander Paes in currently playing in the Newport Beach Challenger.(HT Photo)

Veteran Leander Paes and his American partner James Cerretani did not have to move a sinew in reaching the semifinals of the Newport Beach Challenger even as Vishnu Vardhan and N Sriram Babalji were ousted from the Rennes event in France.

Paes and Cerretani, seeded second, advanced in the $150,000 event after receiving a walkover from the local pair of Frances Tiafoe and Michael Mmoh, who encountered a shoulder problem.

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They are now up against Marcelo Arevalo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, who knocked out Aliaksandr Bury and Hsien-Yin Peng 7-5 7-5 in their quarterfinal.

Meanwhile at the Euro 64,000 USA tournament in France, unseeded Vardhan and Balaji suffered a close 4-6 4-6 semifinal defeat at the hands of second seeded Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic.