Indian teams lose in Deaf World Championship

India lost 2-1 to Austria, with Prithvi Sekhar and D. H. Prashanth winning the doubles match.

Prithvi Sekhar. (file photo)   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

Austria proved strong for India in the men’s section, and Russia beat India in the women’s event in the league phase of the Deaf World Tennis Championship in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday.

Prithvi Sekhar lost a close match in singles after winning the first set in tie-break, but combined with DH Prashanth to clinch the doubles. Every match won will count towards the aspirations of the teams to place better.

In the women’s section, India was beaten 3-0 by Russia, after Bhavani Kedia stretched the first set to the tie-break.

The results (league)

Men: Austria bt India 2-1 ( Daniel Erlbacher bt Dhananjay Dubey 6-2, 6-1; Mario Kargl bt Priithvi Sekhar 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1; Robert Gravogl & Daniel Erlbacher lost to Prithvi Sekhar and D. H. Prashanth 5-7, 4-6).

Women: Russia bt India 3-0 (Anastasia Chumak bt Bhavani Kedia 7-6(6), 6-0; Polina Sirminova bt Jafreen Shaik 6-0, 6-1; Anastasia Chumak and Polina Sirminova bt Jafreen Shaik & Bhavani Kedia 6-2, 6-1)