ITF Futures: Saketh in semifinals
By Express News Service - CHENNAI
03rd August 2012 09:17 AM
Qualifier Ajai Selvaraj’s dream run in the tournament ended as third-seed Saketh Myneni had the measure of him in the quarterfinals of the Dr KCG Verghese-GNC ITF Futures here on Thursday. Selvaraj, who had earlier accounted for better-seeded players, was helpless against the well-rounded game of Myneni, who had claimed his second Futures title last week.
Myneni, now, would be the favourite for the title, as top seed Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan conceded his game to N Vijay Sundar Prashanth due to ankle injury. The latter, thus, progressed without hitting a single ball. He though has his task cut out against Frenchman Antoine Escoffier, seeded fourth, who sent Thailand’s Perakiat Siriluethaiwattana on his way out.
Results (men’s singles quarterfinal): 4-Antoine Escoffier (FRA) bt Perakiat Siriluethaiwattana (THA) 6-4, 6-2; 3-Saketh Myneni (IND) bt Ajai Selvaraj (IND) 6-2, 6-1; 6-N Vijay Sundar Prashanth (IND) bt 1-Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) W/O; 7-Hyun-Woo Nam (KOR) bt Arjun Kadhe (IND) 6-2, 6-2. Men’s doubles semifinals: 1-Weerapat Doakmaiklee (THA)/Perakiat Siriluethaiwattana (THA) bt Antoine Escoffier (FRA)/Bastien Favier (FRA) 6-3, 6-3; 2-Saketh Myneni (IND)/R Arun Prakash (IND) bt 4-Kaza Vinayak Sharma (IND)/Ashwin Vijayragavan (IND) 5-7, 6-2, [10-7].
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