Sidharth Rawat knocks out Ramkumar in semis of ITF Futures tourney
Fourth-seeded Sidharth Rawat upset No.2 seed Ramanathan Ramkumar 6-3, 6-1 in the singles semifinal of the BR Adithyan Memorial ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament at Gandhi Nagar Club here on Saturday.
Rawat will meet compatriot Digvijay Pratap Singh, the No.3 seed, in the final on Sunday.
Singh defeated seventh-seeded Manish Sureshkumar 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
Ramkumar, who had sailed into the last four with three easy wins, could not get going against Rawat, who served six aces - three in each set.
Rawat never faced a break point in the entire match as a lacklustre Ramkumar struggled on his serve and with his strokemaking.
Rawat won 61 points in the match as against his opponent’s 38 indicating the domination in the 1 hour, 6 minute encounter.
Meanwhile, Digvijay Pratap Singh needed nearly two hours to subdue Sureshkumar’s challenge in a battle of attrition.
Balaji and Jeevan lose semifinals
Sriram Balaji and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan were beaten 3-6, 6-3, [10-3] by Marcelo Demoliner and Andrea Vavassori in the doubles semifinals of the €630,705 ATP tennis tournament in Marrakech, Morocco.
The Indian pair, which had beaten the top seeds in the first round, collected 90 ATP points and €9,330.
€630,705 ATP, Marrakech, Morocco
Doubles (semifinals): Marcelo demoliner (Bra) & Andrea Vavassori (Ita) bt Sriram Balaji & Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 3-6, 6-3, [10-3].
$15,000 ITF women, Telde, Spain
Doubles (semifinals): Claudia Ferrer (Esp) & Aneta Laboutkova (Cze) bt Celia Ruiz (Esp) & Vasanti Shinde 6-4, 6-4.
Asian under-14 tournament
Jiyun Oh of Korea beat top seed Maaya Rajeshwaran 6-3, 6-1 in girls final of the Asian under-14 tennis tournament at the Kalinga Stadium on Saturday.
In the girls doubles final, Maaya and Harithashree Venkatesh were beaten 6-4, 6-1 by Yeri HOng and Jiyun Oh of Korea.
In fact, Korea swept all the four titles.
The results (finals):
Boys: Wonmin kIm (Kor) bt Min Hyuk Cho (Kor) 7-6(2), 6-2.
Doubles: Min Hyuk Cho & Wonmin kim (Kor) bt Ryu Kotikula & Dharma Pantaratorn (Tha) 6-3, 6-1.
Girls: Jiyun Oh (Kor) bt Maaya Rajeshwaran 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles: Yeri Hong & Jiyun Oh (Kor) bt Maaya Rajeshwaran & Harithashree Venkatesh 6-4, 6-1.
Seeded players sail through in chess meet
Top seeded International Master Vikramaditya Kulkarni of Railways marched into the second round of the 6th All India FIDE Rating Chess Tournament, which got underway at the Russian Centre for Science & Culture here on Saturday.
Kulkarni made short work of Ahaan Kataruka in their first round match.
On the other boards, second seeded FIDE master Saurav Khherdekar (ELO rating 2090) and third seeded Raghav Srivathsav (ELO 2060) defeated their respective opponents, Aditya and Ganeshwar to advance to next round.
The six-day event has attracted 140 players from across India, which includes 61 FIDE rated players.
The tournament is being organized by India Chess School under the aegis of the All India Chess Federation and Maharashtra Chess Association.
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