Australian Open wildcard playoff: Kadhe, Balaji go down in straight sets

The pair of Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe lost 6-4, 6-2 in the men’s doubles semifinals of the Australian Open wild card play-off.

Arjun Kadhe (in the picture) and his partner, Sriram Balaji, lost in straight sets to their Chinese opponents.   -  M. PERIASAMY

The top seeds Mao-Xin Gong and Ze Zhang of China stopped the Indian pair of Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe 6-4, 6-2 in the men’s doubles semifinals of the Australian Open wild card play-off tennis event in Zhuhai, China, on Friday.

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In the women’s quarterfinals, Chihiro Muramatsu of Japan beat Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-2, 7-5.

The Indian aspirations were quelled in the boys event as well, as top seed Mann Shah was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 by seventh seed Baoluo Zheng of China in the semifinals.

The results

Men’s doubles (semifinals): Mao-Xin Gong & Ze Zhang (Chn) bt Sriram Balaji & Arjun Kadhe 6-4, 6-2

Women (quarterfinals): Chihiro Muramatsu (Jpn) bt Pranjala Yadlapalli 6-2, 7-5

Boys (semifinals): Baoluo Zheng (Chn) bt Mann Shah 5-7, 6-4, 6-4