Vi­jayant ousted in quar­ters

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CHANDI­GARH: City ten­nis player and third seed Vi­jayant Ma­lik was ousted by eighth seed Karun­o­day Singh in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the BR Adityan - GNC ITF Men’s Fu­tures ten­nis cham­pi­onships at the Gand­hi­na­gar Club in Chen­nai on Thurs­day.

Ma­lik started well and had lit­tle trou­ble in go­ing one set up in the last eight clash. Ma­lik took the first set 6-4 largely due to forced er­rors by Karun­o­day. But the eighth seed did not give up and mak­ing a strong come­back took the sec­ond set 6-3 to bring the match to an even keel. Not let­ting up on mo­men­tum, Karun­o­day took the de­cid­ing set 6-2 to en­ter semi­fi­nals. Top seed Sri­ram Balaji ended the run of Mohd Fariz de­feat­ing him in straight sets and en­tered the semi­fi­nals.

It would be the sec­ond semi­fi­nal for Davis Cup­per Balaji in two con­sec­u­tive weeks. How­ever, sec­ond seed Jee­van Ne­dunchezhiyan seemed to be in a spot of bother against Kaza Vi­nayak Sharma when the score be­ing 5-5.

Kaza, ap­par­ently drained from his three-hour 45 min­utes bat­tle yes­ter­day against Ajay Sel­varaj, could not con­tinue and had to re­tire due to cramps. The scorch­ing sun too added to his agony.

Karun­od­hay will meet Jee­van in the semi­fi­nals, his sec­ond in two weeks. The fourth quar­ter­fi­nal be­tween sev­enth seed Pra­j­nesh Gunneswaranand and fourth seed Toshi­hide Mat­sui was post­poned to to­mor­row due to in­clement weather. Re­sults (sin­gles quar­ter­fi­nals): 1-N Sri­ram Balaji bt Fariz Mo­hammed 6-3,62; 8-Karunu­day Singh bt 3-Vi­jayant Ma­lik 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; 2-Jee­van Ne­dunchezhiyan bt 6-Vi­nayak Sharma Kaza 5-5 retd.

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Vi­jayant Ma­lik lost to Karun­o­day Singh 6-4, 3-6, 2-6 in the ITF Men’s Fu­tures Ten­nis Cham­pi­onship in Chen­nai on Thurs­day.

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