Five upsets in National Grasscourt Tennis Ch`ships

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 19:47

Kolkata: There were as many as five upsets in singles competition of Vishwarupa Tubes National Grasscourt Tennis Championships at the Calcutta South Club here on Wednesday.

In the men`s section, qualifier Ashutosh Singh of Delhi
defeated seventh seed Vijyant Malik of Chandigarh 7-6(7-5),
7-6(9-7) in a 122-minute affair.

In the first set Singh and Malik exchanged breaks twice
before the proceedings went into tie-breaker, which the former
took 7-3.

Both traded serves once in the second set that again went
into tie-breaker and Singh again bagged it 9-7.

Uttar Pradesh`s Lakshit Sood defeated another lucky loser
Ramkumar Ramanathan of Tamil Nadu 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to make it to
the quarterfinal.

Among women, Gujarat`s Ankita Raina ousted the third seed
Sweta Kumari Solanki of Delhi 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.

Maharashtra`s Kyra Shroff took out sixth seed Aishwarya
Agrawal of Madhya Pradesh in a 175-minute marathon clash. Kyra
outplayed Agrawal 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(7-5).

Meanwhile, Radhika Kanitkar of Maharashtra defeated the
seventh seed Sweta Rana of Himachal Pradesh 6-4, 6-4.

The last upset was Air India`s Geeta Manohar beating the
eighth seed, Karnataka`s Prarthana Prathap 6-1, 6-2.


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First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 19:47

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